Heather Tapley

Heather Tapley
Associate Professor
Gender Studies

PhD 2003, English, University of Alberta

Office: CLE B123
On leave January 1 to December 31, 2017

Joined UVic Gender Studies in 2007

My research focuses on the relationship between class and sexuality since the 19th century.  At this intersection of sexuality and class, I am most interested in exposing gender, sex, sexuality and race as discursive productions of bourgeois ab/normality.  My scholarship employs the term 'queer' to refer to non-normative practices rather than as an identity sign.  I contend that understanding queer as particular practices actually enables various connections in queer history that a history based solely in identity politics does not.

Research Interests

  • Queer Theory/Queer Materialism
  • Feminist Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Monster Theory

Courses Designed and Taught

  • GNDR 206 (WS 212) Monstrous Women
  • GNDR 320 (WS 321A) Queer Desire
  • GNDR 330 (WS 321A) Feminist Thought, Past and Present
  • GNDR 331 (WS 333A) Queering the Undead
  • GNDR 334 (WS 337) Bodies Out of Bounds
  • GNDR 342 (WS 345) Queer Literature

Selected Publications

“The Making of Hobo Masculinities”, Canadian Review of American Studies, Vol. 44 (1), 2014, pp. 25-43.  

“Queering Paradise: Toni Morrison’s anti-capitalist production”, Feminist Theory, Vol. 14 (21), 2013, pp.  21-37.

“Mapping the HoboSexual: a Queer Materialism”, Sexualities, Vol. 15 (3/4), 2012, pp. 373 – 390.

“Schulman’s Urban Lesbian: a HoboSexual Pedestrian Rhetoric”, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Vol. 16, 2012, pp. 238 – 251.