BA (Double Honours) Contemporary Studies & Creative Writing, University of King’s College, (2017)

Certificate in Intercultural Communication (Dalhousie University, 2017)

Biography

Evelyn Elgie is a Master’s student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her current research is focused on asexuality, the split-attraction model, and essentialist discourse surrounding (a)sexuality as identity, as well as gendered understandings of intimacy and family structures. Her poetry deals with landscape, embodiment, mental illness, and dislocation.

As a settler-culture Canadian, Evelyn is working to become more informed and aware of her own intersectional privileges, while at the same time attempting to create space for different kinds of queer and asexual voices. She is on the editorial board for the online journal The Asexual, and is launching a blog with her queerplatonic partner where they explore the various challenges and joys of prioritizing platonic relationships in an amatocentric world.

When not at school, Evelyn can be found writing sci-fi, painting, canoeing, or planting trees.

I am interested in the intersections of asexuality, queer discourse, and the impact that language plays when navigating queer identity theory, particularly asexual discourse, as well as the implications the existence of an asexual population must have for an amatonormative culture.

 

I am specifically interested in the gendered subject, particularly in how asexual women’s experiences are shaped by omnipresent Western cultural expectations of motherhood, family, and marriage. I believe that these expectations can be redefined and reexamined to create more diverse and authentic family and community structures that are not based around sexual understandings of the self. By theorizing the asexual subject, I think it will be possible to more clearly understand the ways in which our understanding of romantic and platonic bonds is shaped by our cultural narratives. I seek to address the following questions: What does it mean to identify as an asexual woman when women are so sexualized in our culture? What language do we use about asexual women and their relationships, and can it be improved? What social pressures exist around sex, marriage, family norms, and singlehood, and how can we redefine the ways we think about intimacy to combat those social pressures?

Elgie, Evelyn. “The Identity Paradox: Coming to Terms with Asexuality”. Imagining the End of Allosexual Dominance, NWSA Conference 2018.

Elgie, Evelyn. “Trinity Test”. Hinge: Journal of the Contemporary XXII, 2016 (26-28) (x)

Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Master’s Scholarship (SSHRC 2018)
Faculty of Arts Graduate Award (2018)
Margaret & Elwin Malone Memorial Scholarship (UKC 2017)
Claire Fooshee Poetry Prize (2016)