ALA WESS Conference Program: Documenting Sexual Dissidence and Diversity in France, Italy, and Spain

WESS Newsletter

Fall 2012, Vol. 36, No. 1

The WESS annual conference program was comprised of four individual presentations, as well as a panel discussion about gay and lesbian literature in Europe. First to speak was James Michael Fortney, from the University of Illinois, Chicago, who presented on his dissertation research on gay Italian prose fiction from the 1970s to the beginning of the 21st century. His presentation included a survey of gay literature and themes in literary criticism from the 1970s to the present. Following James Michael, Gerard Koskovich presented on LGBT archives and libraries in France. He provided an overview of materials, including novels, magazines, and ephemera held in private collections and libraries in France. While none of these materials were systematically collected, archives and collections are available. Mili Hernandez presented on the LGBT movement and publishing in Spain, focusing in particular on her bookstore, Berkana, the first LGBT bookstore in post-Franco Spain. She also discussed that her publishing house opened to develop new materials, authors, etc. Finally, Adán Griego, provided additional information about LGBT collections in and about Spain, including the collection at Stanford.

If you were unable to attend, or if you would like more information, presentation slides and handouts are available online.

Katie Gibson
Humanities Librarian
205 King Library