03.28.2008 / Teresa de Lauretis

Visual & Critical Studies Forum
Wednesday, March 12, 11 am – 1 pm
Boardroom, San Francisco campus

Teresa de Lauretis, a professor in the History of Consciousness graduate program at UC Santa Cruz, first coined the phrase “queer theory.” She abandoned the formulation barely three years later on the grounds that it had been assimilated by the mainstream institutions it originally aimed to contest. In 1994 de Lauretis wrote that queer theory had “become a conceptually vacuous creature of the publishing industry.” De Lauretis’s ongoing areas of interest include semiotics, psychoanalysis, film theory, literary theory, feminism, and lesbian studies.

De Lauretis’s influential English-language publications include Alice Doesn’t: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema (1984), Technologies of Gender (1987), and The Practice of Love: Lesbian Sexuality and Perverse Desire (1994; cited above). A reader, Figures of Resistance: Essays in Feminist Theory appeared in 2007, and her new book, Freud’s Drive: Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Film will be released this spring.