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Joe Turner

’s Metropolitan Police for a rise in knife crime in the city and for the civil unrest which broke out in 2011. Here black teenagers are rendered a particular type of masculinised danger. ‘Black culture’ as well as the reported absence of father figures and single-mother households are commonly cast as causal factors of this violence (see Starkey 2011).2 Powerful circulations of deviant sexuality and race are materialised through these examples: the lusty, over/under-sexed colonised subject of orientalist obsession, the impossibility of ‘childhood’ for brown and black subjects

in Bordering intimacy
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Thefts, violence and sexual threats
Jenny DiPlacidi

barriers of taboo – incest, the murder of a brother, patricide’. 4 Within the realm of uncle–niece relationships these transgressions are combined with representations of property, genealogies and ideologies of gender and sexuality. Through an exploration of these thematics and the manner in which incestuous desires and threats become difficult, if not impossible, to extricate

in Gothic incest
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Bonnie Clementsson

were in fact prohibited by God. Clear answers were sought, but there was only a vaguely worded biblical text as a foundation for forming an opinion. Because there were no firm guidelines, the theoretical discussions continued for centuries. The Swedish context After the Reformation, the attitude to crimes against morality hardened in Sweden as well. The Catholic Church had considered all sexuality to be more or less sinful. Although marriage was considered a sacrament, sexuality was primarily seen as a necessary evil and a

in Incest in Sweden, 1680–1940
Theorising the en-gendered nation
Elleke Boehmer

administrative structures or its policies, the new postcolonial nation is historically a maleconstructed space, narrated into modern self-consciousness by male leaders, activists and writers, in which women are more often than not cast as symbols or totems, as the bearers of tradition. Stories of women explores the intricate, often paradigmatic negotiations between gender, sexuality and the post-independence nation which have marked postcolonial narratives, including novels by women, from the independence period up to the present day. The central concept informing the book

in Stories of women
Foregrounding the body and performance in plays by Gina Moxley, Emma Donoghue and Marina Carr
Mária Kurdi

individual, the community and its institutions. Introducing their 1997 volume Gender and Sexuality in Modern Ireland, Anthony Bradley and Maryann Gialanella Valiulis argue that this ‘fairly sudden social change in Ireland . . . is directly concerned with gender’, and there is ‘a growing intellectual awareness of the extent to which social experience, past and present, is gendered’.1 A sign of the revisioning of Ireland’s gender politics was that, in 1993, the ban on homosexuality was ended, and divorce became accessible after the 1995 referendum. As a result of a number of

in Irish literature since 1990
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Women and public transport
Masha Belenky

women of different classes used public transport on a daily basis – whether to go to work, shopping or visiting – we find a well-established gendered mythology of the omnibus as a ‘vehicle of vice’, one that linked it with sexually transgressive female behaviour, moral decay and loss of respectability. To be sure, the omnibus was hardly the only vehicle associated with illicit female sexuality in nineteenth-century culture, as readers of Madame Bovary can attest. In Flaubert’s 1857 novel, Emma Bovary consummates her adulterous affair with Léon inside a fiacre

in Engine of modernity
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Migration research and the media
Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Emma Jackson, and Roiyah Saltus

public (or journalists, as gatekeepers to the public) find easy to identify with. This raises questions about how such choices might reproduce hierarchies of class, race, nationality, sexuality, etc. For example, an Australian NHS therapist who suddenly lost her status due to bureaucratic errors was seen to be easier to identify with than a Nigerian asylum seeker who had fled her home country because she faced 14 years in prison for her homosexuality (Jones, 2015

in Go home?
The ambivalence of queer visibility in audio- visual archives
Dagmar Brunow

and Cantrell, 2015) have outlined a number of relevant aspects for curating LGBTQ-​related content, research on the recognition and interpretive framing of gender and sexuality is lacking. The focus on national archives implies that I  will be reading along, not against, the archival grain (Stoler, 2002). The recognition of queer lives in the archive is not automatically a means of ‘queering’ collections, but can produce and perpetuate normative meanings (Edenheim, 2014; Steorn, 2010).3 In fact, it ‘is the disciplined recognitions of sexuality and gender that are

in The power of vulnerability
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Jane Eyre in Elizabeth Stoddard’s New England
Anne-Marie Ford

for publication in the American journal the Atlantic Monthly, and had sent her a letter advising her on ways in which he felt she could improve her writing style. Her response, commenting on the love games between Charlotte Brontë’s heroine and hero, reflects the interest in sexuality evident in her own writing, as well as her admiration for Brontë, whose work seems to have influenced Stoddard rather more than Lowell’s advice. He detected in her writing, he said, a tendency to move ‘towards the edge of things’,2 and warned her against it. But Stoddard was captivated

in Special relationships
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Identities and incitements
Saurabh Dube

sexuality. Such relationships and configurations, predicated upon power, involve diverse renderings of domination and subordination – as well as negotiations and contestations of authority – in distinct arenas. Constitutive of dominant and subaltern identities, here are to be found contradictory processes that are simultaneously characterized by the work of hegemony and the reworking of power, which form

in Subjects of modernity