My name is Archie Slade. I was an English (Literature Track) major and GWST minor and graduated Spring 2016. For me, the English Honors Program at UMBC was an incredible way for me to pursue (and be held accountable for pursuing) a fuller understanding of the things that captivate and fascinate me in English and GWST.
My thesis is an exploration of gendered subjectivity and constitution of identity in lesbian writing. This work was sparked by my obsession with fully understanding a peculiar and thorny 1937 novel, Nightwood by Djuna Barnes. I am interested in the ways that lesbians writing about lesbianism construe the divide between the “lover” and the “loved”, and the broader questions this raises about women writing women into a masculinized body of literature.