‘Gender Fiction’: Critiquing Performativity and Queerness in Orlando.

McWilliam, Kelly (2001) ‘Gender Fiction’: Critiquing Performativity and Queerness in Orlando. Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 6(1), pp. 44-51.


Virginia Woolf’s fiction has been retrospectively investigated as developing a number of specifically queer strategies in its representation of, in particular, gender. However, her most experimental novel, Orlando (1928), is yet to receive the same kind of attention as her more celebrated novels. Not only does Orlando represent an early engagement with camp aesthetic, it also radically engages with notions of gender performativity and transsexualities. This paper aims to draw attention to Orlando, by paying particular attention to two ways that Woolf, in Orlando, engages with notions of gender performativity, thus ‘queering’ the text.

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ID Code: 8829
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: k.mcwilliam@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Orlando, gender performativity, queerness
ISSN: 1325-1848
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 University of Newcastle, NSW
Deposited On: 01 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:40

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