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The Cambridge companion to gay and lesbian writing

"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)...

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Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Stevens, Hugh,
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : 2011
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Online Access: Online version
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Does the recent closing of the flagship gay bookstore, San Francisco's A Different Light Books, suggest the assimilation of homosexual-themed writing into mainstream American culture. Perhaps, but as this companion attests, the genre continues to evolve as writers, academics, film and television makers, and critics gay and not explore the many facets of same-sex desire. Impeccably edited by Stevens (University College London, UK), the essays in this volume are well researched and cover topics from AIDS to psychoanalysis, the homoerotics of travel to lesbian and gay love poetry. Focusing on such diverse subjects as Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, the transgendered world of Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando, the suppressed gay encounter in John Cleland's landmark porn novel Fanny Hill, and Indian lesbian author Suniti Namjoshi's controversial fantasy novel The Conversations of Cow, the contributors to this volume reveal that same-sex relationships have flourished across cultures and historical eras, often in opposition to reigning social strictures and morals. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students. C. Machado Norwalk Community College

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