Apr 23rd 2016

In conjunction with “Entirely Myself: A Solo Exhibition by Lili Elbe”, Woman Made Gallery is pleased to screen “The Danish Girl”– a 2015 British biographical romantic drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 2000 fictional novel of the same name by David Ebershoff and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. The film stars Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener and Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of gender confirmation surgery. The release of Hooper’s film generated a resurgence of interest in Lili’s life and work.

Following the screening will be a discussion with Professor Pamela L. Caughie, Professor of English and an Associate Faculty member in Women’s Studies & Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago, exploring the historical accuracies and portrayal of Lili in the film. Professor Caughie is currently producing a comparative scholarly edition of Lili Elbe’s life narrative. Her essay “The Temporality of Modernist Life Writing in the Era of Transsexualism: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Einar Wegener’s Man into Woman,” explores the authenticity of these two very different accounts of transgender experience from 1928 and 1933, respectively.

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