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Johann Le Guelte Department Visit

Talk title TBA.
When Nov 29, 2021
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
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Rock Ethics Institute Colloquium: "Pour nous en préserver": On Genre Innovation and the Representational Ethics of Transfeminine Care Work in 21st Century Francophone Island Narratives, Eric Disbro (PhD candidate in FFS and WGSS)

When Sep 15, 2021
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Zoom
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“Pour nous en préserver": On Genre Innovation and the Representational Ethics of Transfeminine Care Work in 21st Century Francophone Island Narratives 

by Eric Disbro 

In her short story “Abandoning myself…” (2010), Magali Marson’s protagonist says of her dear friend, Nirina, “Yes, Nirina was “him,” and I hadn’t seen it throughout all those nights. She had her Chinese mother’s delicate features; she was all gentle femininity. Sometimes I thought that her voice was low, a little husky, but no, I hadn’t figured it out.” In these final lines of the story, Nirina’s trans identity is revealed to the protagonist and readers alike; both find themselves mentally rewinding the plot of the story to think through its pivotal moments now imbued with gendered ambiguity. Marson’s story is exemplary of the genre that I call the “trans reveal narrative” in which a character’s trans/non-binary identity is revealed in the denouement of the plot. Contextualizing this nascent genre in francophone island literatures, I examine prior identifiable tropes of transfemininity that have found a place in 21st-century novels of the same regions, specifically the way transfeminine characters fill the roles of surrogate mothers for cisgender adolescents. I ask, then, how do trans reveal narratives highlight more concretely the burden of care assigned to trans characters, and how can this genre engage reading publics in the daily work of mutual aid?  

 

2021 Awards Ceremony

When Apr 30, 2021
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
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FFS Awards Ceremony Program

When Apr 30, 2021
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
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Graduate Student Spring Resident Presentation

When Apr 20, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
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Table ronde: Conversation with Sandrine Siméon (Ph.D. '13)

When Apr 14, 2021
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where Please email hxr8@psu.edu to register
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"Social Justice and Community-based language learning", Dr. Deb Reisinger (Duke).

Please register using the link below
When Apr 08, 2021
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lce6hpjwoGtW-chT8TyrfO-IEss_EcWZP
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Table ronde: Les voyages de Gisèle Pineau

When Apr 06, 2021
from 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Pineau