Evelyn C. White – “Love’s Labour: Jane Rule and Helen Sonthoff”

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Series

Critical Studies in Sexuality

Evelyn C. White
Independent Scholar and Author of Alice Walker: A Life


Tues, March 20, 12-1pm
1099 Buchanan Tower
1873 East Mall, UBC


All events are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

AND I LOVE HER … AND HER … AND HER: In the opening pages of her pioneering lesbian novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Jane Rule decried the usefulness of conventions. Throughout the author’s 45-year relationship with Helen Sonthoff (both women taught at UBC), Rule challenged societal expectations about the contours of committed unions between women. Based on a work-in-progress, this presentation offers insight into a liaison that “broke the rules” for lesbian love.

Evelyn C. White is a dual Canadian and American citizen and a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds degrees from Wellesley College, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard. Coming from a background in journalism and civic advocacy, she is now a celebrated writer of nonfiction. Her most ambitious project to date was the ten years of research she put into her authorized biography of Alice Walker. Booklist wrote that Alice Walker: A Life (WW Norton, 2004), “meticulously traces and analyzes the stages of Walker’s life, emphasizing the impact on and importance of her literature in American culture.”