An Archive of Carnal Knowledge: Vanessa del Rio: 50 Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior

Juana María Rodríguez

Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies,

University of California, Berkeley


Using the biography, Vanessa del Rio: Fifty Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior, this paper considers how images and text function as complicated triggers for the attachments, identifications, desires, and traumas of our own corporeal embodiments and sexual histories. It reflects on those moments, when as readers and viewers, we encounter the limits of our own understandings of pleasure in our attempt to make meaning out of the experiences of another.

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, where she is also affiliated faculty in the Graduate Group in Theater,Dance and Performance Studies. She is the author of Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, andOther Latina Longings (2014) and Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces(2003).

This presentation is part of a larger book project that considers the quandaries ofrepresenting racially gendered violence, pleasure, and trauma in visual culture.

Sponsored by Yale Programs in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration;Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Departments of African American Studies, and Anthropology

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 5:00pm
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New Haven, CT 06511