LESBIAN LESSONS; Lecturer Gets Pounds 12,000 to Study Gay Women in French Literature
A SCOTS lecturer has been given more than pounds 12,000 of taxpayers' money to study lesbianism in French books.
And the Government grant to Dr Lucille Cairns was yesterday branded a "total waste of money".
It will allow her leave to research a book into "lesbian desire in post-1968 French realist literature".
Dr Cairns, 37, will take a sabbatical from Stirling University for a full academic year .
A replacement will be paid to take over her teaching duties, while the senior lecturer in French makes use of the pounds 12,252 award from the Arts and Humanities Research Board.
She said she will investigate why lesbianism has been relatively marginalized by scholars and critics of French literature, while male homosexuality has been widely discussed.
Dr Cairns added: "I shall also examine of what use the theoretical model of 'queer' might be in analysing these cultural constructions of lesbianism and to what extent might the texts themselves modify the theoretical model of 'queer'".
The research will be carried out from Dr Cairns' Stirling office, but may also involve a trip to Paris.
She said: "My research for many years has focused on male and female homosexuality in literature.
"It is still a minority topic in the field of French studies and is worthy of attention within the UK and in any English-speaking country. …