Anthropology Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series presents Dr. David Orvis

"'…in quest of a Gang of Sodomites:' Toward New Frameworks for Interpreting Sexuality and Identity and Identity in the Early Modern English Cultural Imaginary"

with Dr. David Orvis, professor and graduate program director, Department of English, Appalachian State University

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
12 p.m.
Anne Belk Hall, Room 342

This talk is free and open to the public

Historians and literary critics generally agree that something changed in early modernity with regard to sex and sexuality. Focusing primarily on depictions of sodomites and mollies in the juridical discourse of early eighteenth-century London, this talk hopes to rehabilitate sexual identity’s conceptual field and propose a new framework for understanding its radical potential both in early modern and modern cultural imaginaries.

Orvis completed his Ph.D. and M.A. in English at the University of Arizona and his B.A. in English at Washington College in Chestertown, M.D. His research focuses on Early modern literature and queer theory. 


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Orvis Talk Poster, submitted.
Published: Sep 3, 2019 9:16am