Both/and: language, art and identity in Brigid Brophy's 'In Transit' and Ali Smith's 'How to Be Both'

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    This paper sets out to read Brigid Brophy’s 1969 novel In Transit: An Heroi-cyclic Novel alongside a more recent example of contemporary women’s writing, How to Be Both (2014) by the Scottish writer Ali Smith. I argue that Brophy’s work anatomises the artificial relationship between sex and gender, the dominance of heterosexual narratives and their relation to pornography, and the ways in which art, music and language mediate concepts of gender. The paper will provide an in-depth comparative analysis of In Transit and How to be Both to show how both writers refuse binary oppositions in a “both/and” writing practice that is simultaneously self-consciously aesthetic and political.
    Period3 May 2017
    Event titleSchool of Humanities Research Seminar Series
    Event typeOther
    LocationLincoln, United Kingdom