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Title The Cambridge companion to gay and lesbian writing / edited by Hugh Stevens.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  809.8920664 C144 2011    ---  Available
Description xx, 246 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-240) and index.
Summary "Literature has always been concerned with questions of kinship, love, marriage, desire, family relationships. The central and privileged stories have tended to assume that desire will be desire between girl and boy. Obstacles are thrown in the way of desire. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1597), the heroine and hero cannot marry because their families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are feuding. The obstacles which stand in the way of same-sex romantic entanglements have been much more encompassing. Before the twentieth century, they have, for the most part, been represented as an impossibility rather than a desirable outcome thwarted by circumstance"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Homosexuality and literature : an introduction / Hugh Stevens -- Part I: Repession and legitimation. Homosexual writing on trial : from Fanny Hill to Gay news / Joseph Bristow ; Psychoanalysis, homosexuality and modernism / Andrew Webber ; Lesbian modernism : writing in and beyond the closet / Joanne Winning ; The erotics of transgression / Tim Dean ; Normality and queerness in gay fiction / Hugh Stevens -- Part II: Affiliations. The homoerotics of travel : people, ideas, genres / Ruth Vanita ; The queerness of race and same-sex desire / Kathryn Bond Stockton ; The literature of AIDS / Richard Canning ; Transgender fiction and politics / Heather Love -- Part III: Literary traditions. Encountering the past in recent lesbian and gay fiction / Jodie Medd ; Queer cross-gender collaboration / Jane Garrity and Tirza True Latimer ; Naming the unnamable : lesbian and gay love poetry / Richard R. Bozorth ; The queer writer in New York / David Bergman.
Summary "In the last two decades, lesbian and gay studies have transformed literary studies and developed into a vital and influential area for students and scholars. This Companion introduces readers to the range of debates that inform studies of works by lesbian and gay writers and of literary representations of same-sex desire and queer identities. Each chapter introduces key concepts in the field in an accessible way and uses several important literary texts to illustrate how these concepts can illuminate our readings of them. This volume offers a stimulating introduction to the diversity of approaches to lesbian and gay writing."--p. [4] of cover.
Subject Gays' writings -- History and criticism.
Literature -- History and criticism.
Homosexuality and literature.
Homosexuality in literature.
Gays -- Intellectual life.
Gays in literature.
Same-sex marriage in literature.
Added Author Stevens, Hugh.
ISBN 9780521716574 (pbk.)
0521716578 (pbk.)

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