Queer, Difference, Heresy: Salt Lane Witches in 'Rupetta' and Out

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Hourigan, Daniel. 2018. "Queer, Difference, Heresy: Salt Lane Witches in 'Rupetta' and Out." Writing from below. 4 (1).
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Queer, Difference, Heresy: Salt Lane Witches in 'Rupetta' and Out

ERA Journal ID211532
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorHourigan, Daniel
Journal TitleWriting from below
Journal Citation4 (1)
Year2018
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN2202-2546
Web Address (URL)https://writingfrombelow.org/science-fiction/queer-difference-heresy/
Abstract

The queer at play in Sulway’s Rupetta reveals the tensions between the religious, heretical, and historical themes of the novel. Yet how deep does this rabbit hole go? A closer look at some of the novel’s fantasy coordinates—Fairy Tales Studies, the Salt Lane Witches fairy tale, The Winter’s Tale, etc—reveals that speculative Rupetta pushes the boundaries of what can be formalised as Queer Science Fiction. The axiom of this discussion is that the anti-normative stance that Sulway assumes with regard to the queer in Rupetta provides comment on the twists of Queer Science Fiction and its intertextuality more broadly.

KeywordsSpeculative Fiction; Queer Theory; Intertextuality; Fairy Tale Studies; Literary Theory
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470207. Cultural theory
470502. Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Arts and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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