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Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Ambiguity: Challenging Gender Stereotypes In Literary Fiction with Sarah Leamy

Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, LGBTQIA, Mixed Genre
Tags: Gender, Stereotypes, Masculinity, Femininity

About the Session

Is there such a thing as a genderless narrator? Why is it so instinctive to place and categorize each other by sex (female/ male) and gender roles (masculine or feminine attributes)? How do we read fiction when these socially constructed markers are missing? And why should we? To be inclusive? To allow gender-nonconforming readers to be represented in literature? To focus on the common experiences without the social constraints of gender roles? Using examples from Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson, this session will look at the ways Winterson crafted an unnamed, ungendered narrator in her novella. Participants will receive specific examples, craft techniques, personal anecdotes. The group will look at quotes from Winterson's book as well as others, and talk about biases, filters, assumptions and discuss the ways we can write characters for all to connect and empathize with.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Sarah Leamy

Sarah (sleam) Leamy was a boring shy tomboy who suddenly left her English life and became a bit of a wanderer, street performer and writer. As a socially awkward and insecure Brit abroad, she lived first in Europe and then crossed the States and into Guatemala, performing, writing and working odd jobs as she explored new countries alone or with her dogs. She finally settled in New Mexico in her late twenties although she’s still taking extended road trips when she can.