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Writing the fables of sexual difference: slash fiction as technology of gender

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In this paper, I examine historically and subculturally specific writing practices associated with slash fiction: fiction written by women involving man-on-man (m/m) sexual and/or romantic relationships. I see these

    writing practices as a postpornographic technology of gender involving and enabling a transformation of ‘the body one feels oneself to have’ (to anticipate a turn I will take to Gayle Salamon’s theorization of gendered embodiment later in this paper).1 I argue that certain fantasmatic, identificatory and

    bodily practices associated with slash fiction cut across (trans-) existing categories for sexuality and gender; I also argue that theorizing these practices in relation to gendered embodiment helps us to understand the way in which practices of gender identity both require and refuse a stable boundary

    between gendered categories like male/female and cis/trans.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Willis, I. "Writing the fables of sexual difference: slash fiction as technology of gender." Parallax 22 .3 (2016): 290-311.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84979784138

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2613

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 290

End Page


  • 311

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • In this paper, I examine historically and subculturally specific writing practices associated with slash fiction: fiction written by women involving man-on-man (m/m) sexual and/or romantic relationships. I see these

    writing practices as a postpornographic technology of gender involving and enabling a transformation of ‘the body one feels oneself to have’ (to anticipate a turn I will take to Gayle Salamon’s theorization of gendered embodiment later in this paper).1 I argue that certain fantasmatic, identificatory and

    bodily practices associated with slash fiction cut across (trans-) existing categories for sexuality and gender; I also argue that theorizing these practices in relation to gendered embodiment helps us to understand the way in which practices of gender identity both require and refuse a stable boundary

    between gendered categories like male/female and cis/trans.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Willis, I. "Writing the fables of sexual difference: slash fiction as technology of gender." Parallax 22 .3 (2016): 290-311.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84979784138

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2613

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 290

End Page


  • 311

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom