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The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian Writing


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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: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521716574

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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 characterise 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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    '… for most students textbooks are points of reference only, this companion will be valuable for tis introduction of a complex subject area and exploration of key concepts and theories … Overall, this text provides a thorough introduction to the literature of gay and lesbian authors, spanning centuries. It is an excellent companion for gay and lesbian literature studies.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'This is a wonderful contribution to GLBTQ studies … well-suited to gender studies.' Feminist Collections

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521716574
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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
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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Contemporary Lesbian/Gay Literature
  • Editor

    Hugh Stevens, University College London
    Hugh Stevens is Senior Lecturer in English at University College London.


    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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