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Lecture: “’Behold Ye Now the Dance:’ Sexual Selection in ‘Queen of the Black Coast’
Start Date: 10/23/2013Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 10/23/2013End Time: 2:00 PM

Event Description:
Prof. Deirdre Pettipiece (English, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities) will deliver a lecture titled "’Behold Ye Now the Dance:’ Sexual Selection in ‘Queen of the Black Coast’.”This lecture is part of the Arts and Humanities' Works in Progress Lecture Series.

While the works of Robert E. Howard are rife with scenes of sex between Howard’s heroes and the women they save or slay, as the plot dictates, the situations play out the same formulaic way every time: the hero’s libido is so inflamed by the beautiful thighs, breasts, and hair of the female character that he ignores any internal or external warnings and has sex with her on the spot; once this is accomplished, he then either kills her or casts her off.  The one distinct departure from this formula is the relationship between Conan the Barbarian and Belit, Queen of the Black Coast. From the opening scene, Belit is in control of her army and Conan, the warrior she chooses for her mate. In this tale, Howard’s depiction of the male/female relationship is much more complex and developed than in any other of his works. Through Belit’s self styled “mating dance,” Howard illustrates an understanding of female sexual selection and undermines the myth of woman as passive recipient of male desire.

Location Information:
Lehman College - Music Building

Lehman College - Music Building
Room: 313
Contact Information:
Name: Marie Marianetti
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free and open to the public
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