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The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian Writing

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Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature

Hugh Stevens, Joseph Bristow, Andrew Webber, Joanne Winning, Tim Dean, Ruth Vanita, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Richard Canning, Heather Love, Jodie Medd, Jane Garrity, Tirza True Latimer, Richard R. Bozorth, David Bergman
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  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521888448

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  • 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. Authors discussed range from Henry James, E. M. Forster and Gertrude Stein to Sarah Waters and Carol Ann Duffy. The contributors showcase the wide variety of approaches and theoretical frameworks that characterize this field, drawing on related themes of gender and sexuality. With a chronology and guide to further reading, this volume offers a stimulating introduction to the diversity of approaches to lesbian and gay literature.

    • Covers a highly influential and increasingly important area of literary studies
    • Combines theoretical and historical approaches to offer a diverse overview of the field
    • Includes suggestions for further reading and a chronology
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    "Cambridge Companions are excellent resources in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of complex theoretical frameworks, and this book is no exception....The book's aim is to provide the reader with a multifaceted approach to a range of debates circulating in gay and lesbian literature. Editor Hugh Stevens manages to achieve this without over complication or confusion, via a selection of essays that suppoft each previous chapter' thereby developing coherency for its intended audience...Overall, this text Provides a thorough introduction to the literature of gay and lesbian authors, spanning centuries, lt is an excellent companion for gay and lesbian literature studies, although not for seeking detailed information relating to specific writers."
    -Times Higher Education, 3 November 2011

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521888448
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Homosexuality and literature: an introduction Hugh Stevens
    1. Homosexual writing on trial: from Fanny Hill to Gay News Joseph Bristow
    2. Psychoanalysis, homosexuality and modernism Andrew Webber
    3. Lesbian modernism: writing in and beyond the closet Joanne Winning
    4. The erotics of transgression Tim Dean
    5. Normality and queerness in gay fiction Hugh Stevens
    6. The homoerotics of travel: people, ideas, genres Ruth Vanita
    7. The queerness of race and same-sex desire Kathryn Bond Stockton
    8. The literature of AIDS Richard Canning
    9. Transgender fiction and politics Heather Love
    10. Encountering the past in recent lesbian and gay fiction Jodie Medd
    11. Queer cross-gender collaboration Jane Garrity and Tirza True Latimer
    12. Naming the unnameable: lesbian and gay love poetry Richard R. Bozorth
    13. The queer writer in New York David Bergman
    Further reading
    Index.

  • Editor

    Hugh Stevens, University College London
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    Contributors

    Hugh Stevens, Joseph Bristow, Andrew Webber, Joanne Winning, Tim Dean, Ruth Vanita, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Richard Canning, Heather Love, Jodie Medd, Jane Garrity, Tirza True Latimer, Richard R. Bozorth, David Bergman

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