GenSex: Gender and Sexuality Research Group

11th Nov 2008, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University

GenSex, Edge Hill University’s Gender and Sexuality Research Group, is meeting on Tuesday 11th November 2008, 6pm-8pm, in room M39 at the Ormskirk Campus. 

GenSex is an inter-disciplinary group which promotes research into gender and sexuality studies, providing academics and postgraduate students from universities in the North of England with a forum for academic debate and to foster intellectual exchange and development.

Our first session of this academic year is entitled: ‘The Princess and the Patriarchy: Male Genre/Female Power?’, and will focus on Wonderwoman and the gendered meanings of the superhero(ine), and feminist re-writings of the fairy tale in the work of Angela Carter and Carol Ann Duffy.  Our speakers include Edge Hill University’s Roy Bayfield and Jennie Williams. 

Titles and Abstracts

  • Jennie Williams – ‘And they all lived Happily ever After’: Domestic Abuse and the Fairytale in the work of Angela Carter and Carol Ann Duffy’. This paper focuses on the correlation between female suffering and domestic abuse in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and in Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife.  Focusing on the themes of sexuality and suffering, and physical suffering and domestic abuse, the paper will explore these texts’ feminist re-tellings of traditional patriarchal fairy tales.
  • Roy Bayfield, Director of Corporate Marketing, Edge Hill University – A workshop led by Roy, entitled ‘Polysemic Princess: the mutability of Wonder Woman’. Roy will use, in a workshop session, the texts that cluster around Wonder Woman as a way of exploring the gendered aspects of superhero narratives.  The session will also feature a showing of a short video piece.

For more information on GenSex, contact Mari Hughes-Edwards on 01695 584256 or email

Would you like to give a paper to GenSex or lead us in a future workshop or seminar?  Interdisciplinary research-based presentations, workshops or art installations are always welcome. Topics can include masculinities, feminisms, gender theories, queer studies, sexuality and subversion, bodily narratives and transgendered identities. Email for more details.