upcoming academic conference presentation

pamla logoThought I would break this period of extended radio silence (*sigh*) to mention that I will be presenting some research from my thesis at this year’s annual PAMLA conference. It will be taking place in Portland, OR, from November 6-8, and I present on a panel during the first session on Saturday morning. If anybody reading this is also attending, please stop by and say hello!

Here’s the info and my presentation abstract. Additional information (including abstracts for the full panel), can be found here.

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Cruising at the Intersection: The Queer Collaborative Authorship of The Young and Evil
Jesse Ataide, San Francisco State University

“What kind of discoveries are made possible when two gay men confront each other?” Christopher Hennessy asks, “with the acknowledgment of a shared sexual desire lurking there?” This paper considers how queer content in Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler’s 1933 novel The Young and Evil reflect a strategy of “cooperative discourse” that compels a reconsideration now only of the concept of authorship, but also how friendship, intimacy, and creative cooperation can function between queer men.”

My paper on Samuel M. Steward’s detective fiction was very well received at PAMLA 2013, and so I’m very much looking forward to presenting again this year!

IotD: Parker Tyler x3

Recently at the San Francisco Public Library Spring Book Sale–one of my favorite events in this city– I picked up a copy of Parker Tyler’s classic Classics of the Foreign Film (1962). I already owned a copy, but the one I already had was missing its dust jacket and I couldn’t resist (and hey, it was only $3 and for a good cause to boot).

What I most loved about the cover, however, was the striking portrait of the author on the back, which is labelled “From Three Film Portraits by Charles Boultenhouse.” Boultenhouse, a filmmaker, was Tyler’s longtime partner.

Parker Tyler

The dust jacket is well worn and that’s reflected in the quality of the scan, but there’s something about it that makes the compositionally beautiful image seem so evocative and haunting.