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Seeking help against intimate partner violence in lesbian and queer relationships
Nicole Ovesen

to an imaginary of intimacy as a contrast to danger, thus making it difficult to raise the issue of intra-community violence. I then reflect on how constructions of the imaginary of safety in relation to recognition of social identities operates simultaneously on interpersonal, community and institutional levels and affects how IPV can be conceptualized and how one can seek help against such violence. Through these perspectives, help-seeking is constituted as a transgressing encounter, as the lesbian and queer victim-survivor transgresses community boundaries, as

in Bodily interventions and intimate labour
Burke’s poetic (Miltonic) reading of the sublime
Eva Antal

11  Transgressing the boundaries of reason: Burke’s poetic (Miltonic) reading of the sublime Eva Antal ‘many of the objects of our inquiry are in themselves obscure and intricate’ Edmund Burke, ‘Preface’, A Philosophical Enquiry1 ‘as the saying is, Homo solus aut deus, aut dæmon: a man alone is either a saint or a devil’ Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy2 The sublime experience in the Age of Reason In his inspiring book, ‘The Stranger Within Thee’: Concepts of the Self in Late-Eighteenth-Century Literature, Stephen D. Cox, while elaborating on the

in Writing and constructing the self in Great Britain in the long eighteenth century
Desire and the border in the southern Balkans
Rozita Dimova

gamble and spend the weekends in the hotel/casino as an uncontrollable drive that takes them into another dimension. Moreover, the casino enabled many of the visitors from Greece to transgress the everyday reality of their mundane lives. In Stefka’s words: They are transported into a different world where they become different persons. They are addicted to this

in Borders of desire
Daniel Biltereyst

Arguing that limit transgression is a key feature for understanding the cinematic performance of, and the controversy around, sexuality in the public sphere, this contribution focuses on various aspects of limit transgression in relation to sex cinemas. Following a new cinema history approach and concentrating on the case of an emerging sex cinema in postwar Belgium (Cinema Leopold in Ghent, 1945–54), this article looks at various dimensions of limit transgression in terms of concrete physical and spatial relations; programming strategies; audience experiences; and a range of disciplining societal practices and institutional discourses.

Film Studies
Fearghus Roulston

This is an epiphanic story about transgression – about crossing, as Alison says, ‘all sorts of divides’. The oral historian Lynn Abrams describes the epiphanic as a narrative strategy mobilised by a narrator ‘attempting to align past and present selves, to make a smooth or coherent story from a disjointed or incoherent life’. 13 In this aligning or smoothing movement between past and present it is a technique of composure, in the double sense given to this term in the work of Graham Dawson, Alistair Thomson and Penny

in Belfast punk and the Troubles
Understanding changes in the legal landscape of sexual harassment in India
Rukmini Sen

sexual violations they will not tolerate, but neither all members of a complaints committee nor the institution may necessarily think along the same lines. Finally, to what extent can members of complaints committees appreciate the nature of intimacies that students in higher education institutions explore – sometimes consensually and at other times through transgressions? The question to reflect upon is not only whether the members are trained to make interpretations of the law but also whether they are connected to

in Intimacy and injury
Andrew J. May

Richards’s purported sexual indiscretion, and the gossip and scandal that circulated about it, reveal about the power structures of the society within which it occurred? At its core, the case revolves around an individual’s transgressions, if not overtly sexual, then certainly overstepping the carefully prescribed bounds of intimacy and appropriate courtship behaviours. Censure of

in Welsh missionaries and British imperialism
Shayk Muhammad Afifi Al-Akiti

I Introduction and Taqrīẓ – Shaykh Gibril F. Haddad In the name of God, the All-Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Gentle reader, Peace upon those who follow right guidance! I am honoured to present the following fatwā or ‘response by a qualified Muslim Scholar’ against the killing of civilians written by the Oxford-based Malaysian jurist of the Shāfi‘ī School, my inestimable teacher, Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti, and entitled Defending the transgressed by censuring the reckless against the killing of civilians . The Shaykh authored it in a

in ‘War on terror’
Theorising the Cybergothic
Isabella van Elferen

This article theorizes the transgressive faculties of cyberspace‘s Gothic labyrinth, arguing that it is haunted by the ghost of material/information dualism. This ghost is embodied in cybergoth subculture: while cybergothic music creates a gateway to the borderland between biological and virtual realities, dancing enables cybergoths to transgress the boundaries between the two.

Gothic Studies
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Vampires, Lesbians, and Women of Colour
Victoria Amador

The lesbian community of colour in America has been largely overlooked amidst the current popular culture mania for all things vampiric. Yet the complex ambiguity of the lesbian vampire very readily lends itself to women of colour, who frequently explore in their gothic fiction the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, assimilation, and the transgressive significance of the vampire myth. This essay discusses two works by African-American Jewelle Gomez and Chicana- American Terri de la Pena as lesbian Gothic romantic fiction, as feminist affirmation, and as prescriptive, community-building activist discourse.

Gothic Studies