This edited volume focuses on gender and love as emerging through complex “entanglements and weavings”. At a time when constructionist ideas are losing support, we interrogate theoretical paradigms to assess if constructionist notions still hold value or if new approaches are needed to address the effects of materiality and non-human agency. Without claiming any unison or definite answers, we offer situated, agential cuts into gender and love in various discursive-material phenomena, including Biblical and Rabbinic literature, ecosexual performance art, the writings of Ursula Le Guin and Angela Carter, butch identities, Bengali folktales, Ferzan Özpetek’s cinema, Golem literature, sexual pursuits in Danish nightlife, mother-daughter relationships, women warriors in the PKK, and BDSM performances. Artistic photographer Sara Davidmann has contributed to the book with the cover illustration and a creative afterword including seven photographs on the interaction between the photographer, her studio, and LGBTQ+ people.
Deirdre C. Byrne, Ph.D. (1996), is Professor of English at the University of South Africa. She has written on Ursula Le Guin’s poetry, co-edited Fluid Gender, Fluid Love (Brill, 2018), and is the editor of Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa.
Marianne Schleicher, Ph.D. (2003), is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. She has authored Intertextuality in the Tales of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (Brill, 2007) and has written extensively on gender and the function of scripture in Jewish religion.
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Notes of Contributors
Deirdre C. Byrne and Marianne Schleicher
Part 1: Reflections on theory
1 Effects of Materiality in Israelite-Jewish Conceptions of Gender and Love: on a Necessary Synthesis of Constructionist and New Materialist Approaches Marianne Schleicher
2 For Love of the World: Material Entanglements in Ecosexual Performance Louis van den Hengel
3 “Yet the old woman will not sleep”: reading Motherhood in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Writing Deirdre C. Byrne
Part 2: Materiality in creative texts
4 Butch: a Cartography of Desire Kelly Gardiner
5 Materiality and Agential Women in Animal Bridegroom Fairy Tales from Europe and Bengal Amrita Chakraborty
6 Becoming-Woman in Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve Wernmei Yong Ade
Part 3: Fluid identities in heterotopic spaces
7 Ferzan Özpetek’s Cinema: a Post-Constructionist Approach to Gender and Love Dikmen Yakalı-Çamoğlu
8 Love and Monsters: gender, Autonomy and Desire in Modern Golem Literature Alana Vincent
9 Drinking, Dancing and Hooking Up: young Adults in Sexual Pursuit in Mainstream Nightlife in Denmark Mie Birk Jensen
Part 4: Social relata
10 Love in Different Climates: love, Care and Practices of Intimacy among Women in Hong Kong and Britain Stevi Jackson and Petula Sik Ying Ho
11 New Arrangements of Embodiment, Materiality, Love and Gender in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party Mustafa Kemal Topal
12 Bound and Entangled: masculinities, Embodiment and the Materialisation of Gender in the Sexual Field of the
Club Serena Petrella
Part 5: Afterword 13 Eve, Adam and the Garden of Earthly Delights Sara Davidmann
Students and scholars from multiple academic discplines (including religion, literary criticism and theory, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology and anthropology) as well as artists engaged in reflections on gender and/or love.