EN 2011 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Adrienne Rich, Jane Rule, Heteronormativity

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APEN 2012
Lecture 3
Queering is Fundamental
Contextualizing queer spaces and counter publics
Jane Rule (1931 Jew Jersey)
Canadian lesbian writer
Disillusioned as she works in the university setting
Became lesbian spokesperson unknowingly in Canada
Rule was an advocate for free speech and gays
Now public and physical space helps us identify gender and sex
Homophobia and Romantic Love (1981)
Last paragraph of the essay
Getting rid of gender pronouns
The possessiveness (generalized)
Rule is using an organization to work against heteronormativity
Adrienne Rich
Notions of compulsory heterosexuality
Lesbian continuum (two queer spaces)
Heterosexuality is a violent political institution
Calls for a greater understanding for a lesbian experience
“Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence”
Lesbianism: for Rich, a stigmatized clinical term defining deviant woman-on-
woman relationships
Lesbian existence: the historical and contemporary presence of lesbian
creation and relations
Lesbian continuum: a spectrum that includes the entire range of a woman –
identified experience including erotic relationships between woman
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