Home Official News Releases Drake to host queer studies lecture by visiting professor

Drake to host queer studies lecture by visiting professor

News PhotoAs part of Drake’s Writers and Critics Series, Holly Furneaux will present a lecture titled “Queer Optimism, Queer Dickens, and Queer Seriality,” on Monday, Oct. 25.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room, 2725 University Ave.

Furneaux, whose main research interests include nineteenth century perceptions of gender, sexuality, the body and medicine, is a Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Her visit to Drake will be sponsored through a Faculty Exchange Grant.

Furneaux recently served as principal organizer for the British Association for Victorian Studies annual conference. Her 2009 book, “Queer Dickens,” explores the affirmative representations of same-sex desire and non-normative familial structures in the work of Charles Dickens.

The Writers and Critics Series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake Center for the Humanities. For more information, contact Jennifer Perrine at 515-271-4161 or jennifer.perrine@drake.edu.