Sandwiched In with Andrew Rimby - Being Prideful and Openly Queer in Contemporary LGBTQ+ Literature

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Registration for this event will close on June 28, 2024 @ 2:00pm.

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As part of the Library's celebration of Pride Month, join Dr. Andrew Rimby, LGBTQ+ literary scholar, who specializes in 19th and 20th century American and British literature, as he explores contemporary LGBTQ+ authors and their recent work.  He will examine themes of coming out and liberation in 21st century literature.  Dr. Rimby will look at Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon (now a current TV series) set during the 1950s McCarthy Era, and Laurence Leamer’s Capote’s Women (also the basis for a new TV series) to look back at why “coming out” was such an empowering and liberating moment for these queer white men.  He will also examine contemporary queer authors Amelia Possanza (Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir in Archives) and Rasheed Newson (My Government Means to Kill Me) who breakdown the closet door and instead argue that queer liberation depends on how gender, race, and social class impact how a queer person engages with both Pride Month and queer liberation. (Sponsored by the Friends of the Library)

Please note: for this event our presenter will be virtual on Zoom and we will offer a livestream of the Zoom in the Lapham meeting Room for those who wish to watch the Zoom in-person.  


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