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Real Women Talk Dirty: Feminisms of Sex in Fiction

  • Oregon Convention Center, Level 2, Portland Ballroom 251 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Portland, OR 97232 (map)

AWP panel with Claire Vaye Watkins, Nalo Hopkinson, Mary Ann Mohanraj, and Debra Monroe, moderated by Kate Simonian.

One way to define dirt is as ‘matter out of place.’ Is ‘dirty’ literature labelled as such because of its content, or because of its irreverent treatment of such matter? What would advocates of heteroglossia or mixed discourses think of ‘dirty fiction’—that its determined blending makes it the sharpest edge of realism? Is the depiction of sex crucial to the goals of feminisms, and how? This all-woman panel discusses craft hazards and opportunities of rendering the sexually explicit.