Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture (Edited Collection - Deadline 25th June 2010)

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University of St Andrews/University of Edinburgh

We are looking for one article (preferably on the relationship between sex/gender, temporality and race/ethnicity) to complement a collection of articles forthcoming with a major academic publisher in early 2011. The articles should not be more than 6,500 words long and be formatted according to the Harvard Referencing Style. Please send complete articles to Ben Davies ( and Jana Funke ( by 25th June 2010.

Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture Collection

The relation between gender, sexuality and temporality has recently become the subject of a productive debate in the field of gender studies and queer theory. One of the main achievements of this discourse so far has been the discussion of diverse temporal practices that are often subsumed under the umbrella term queer temporalities and defined against a hegemonic straight time. But, what, exactly, is this straight time and who can be said to experience it?

This collection wishes to challenge the priority of a normative straight time and to investigate alternative uses of time, but it also seeks to make problematic reductive understandings of straight time. More specifically, it seeks to go beyond the equation of straight time with heterosexuality and queer time with queer sexuality by exposing how queer subjects can be said to participate in straight time and by investigating the queer temporalities of heterosexual existence.

To explore the intersections between queer and straight time, the collection centres on two related questions: To what extent – and at what cost – are queer identities and practices informed by a straight temporal logic? Which queer temporalities can be said to underwrite heterosexual and heteronormative existence? As a whole, the collection hopes to show that queer and straight time intersect and relate to queer and straight identities and sexualities in complex and sometimes unexpected ways. It calls for the deconstruction of straight and queer sexualities and temporalities.