Sexuality is a fundamental part of the human experience, individual identity, and, unfortunately, political life. Just as strongly as individuals desire to express themselves and live true to their own wishes, states and rulers have tried to control that expression and truth for their own purposes. In this monthly online seminar series, Discussion Leader and Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, James Stacey Taylor, will lead participants through discussions of sexual identity, individualism, and the many state and social attempts to impose restrictions or controls on sexual expression. From Gore Vidal’s classic and powerful example of “the gay novel,” The City and the Pillar (1948) to Prof. Abigail Saguy’s contemporary sociological account of many different “coming out” experiences, discussants will gain a richer understanding of sexuality as individualist expression and the struggles against constituted power which have characterized modern sexual politics.

Sessions will take place one Friday each month for four months, via Zoom, from 3:00-5:00pm (EST). Participants will receive an honorarium of $125 plus a $30 stipend for book purchases, per session (international applicants will receive their honoraria in one sum upon conclusion of the series). Please note this means you are expected to purchase your own readings from your preferred vendor.


  • February 18: Gore Vidal and “the Gay Novel”