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The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature

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Michael Cobb, Sean Metzger, Eric Keenaghan, Julie Avril Minich, Lucas Hilderbrand, Travis Foster, Daniela Caselli, Michael P. Bibler, Guy Davidson, L. H. Stallings, Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Judith Roof, Melissa Jane Hardie, Martin Joseph Ponce
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  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107646186

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  • This Companion examines the connections between LGBTQ populations and American literature from the late eighteenth to twenty-first centuries. It surveys primary and secondary writings under the evolving category of gay and lesbian authorship, and incorporates current thinking in U.S.-based LGBTQ studies as well as critical practices within the field of American literary studies. This Companion also addresses the ways in which queerness pervades persons, texts, bodies, and reading, while paying attention to the transnational component of such literatures. In so doing, it details the chief genres, conventional historical backgrounds, and influential interpretive practices that support the analysis of LGBTQ literatures in the United States.

    • Provides an emphasis on race and ethnicity
    • Stresses transnational and global connections
    • Incorporates various historical contexts
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015

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    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107646186
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 147 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Queer novelties Michael Cobb
    2. Queer theater and performance Sean Metzger
    3. Queer poetry, between 'as is' and 'as if' Eric Keenaghan
    4. Writing queer lives: autobiography and memoir Julie Avril Minich
    5. Queer cinema, queer writing, queer criticism Lucas Hilderbrand
    6. Nineteenth-century queer literature Travis Foster
    7. Literary and sexual experimentalism in the interwar years Daniela Caselli
    8. The Cold War closet Michael P. Bibler
    9. The time of AIDS and the rise of 'post-gay' Guy Davidson
    10. Gender and sexuality L. H. Stallings
    11. Intersections of race, gender, and sexuality: queer of color critique Kyla Wazana Tompkins
    12. Psychoanalytic literary criticism of gay and lesbian American literature Judith Roof
    13. Post-structuralism: originators and heirs Melissa Jane Hardie
    14. Transnational queer imaginaries, intimacies, insurgencies Martin Joseph Ponce.

  • Editor

    Scott Herring, Indiana University
    Scott Herring is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. His previous books include The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture, Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism, and Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History. Herring's articles have also appeared in such journals as American Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, GLQ, and PMLA.


    Michael Cobb, Sean Metzger, Eric Keenaghan, Julie Avril Minich, Lucas Hilderbrand, Travis Foster, Daniela Caselli, Michael P. Bibler, Guy Davidson, L. H. Stallings, Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Judith Roof, Melissa Jane Hardie, Martin Joseph Ponce


    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015

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