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Gay Male Fiction Since Stonewall

Ideology, Conflict, and Aesthetics

By Les Brookes

Routledge – 2009 – 230 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

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Description

The conflict between assimilationism and radicalism that has riven gay culture since Stonewall became highly visible in the 1990s with the emergence and challenge of queer theory and politics. The conflict predates Stonewall, however—indeed, Jonathan Dollimore describes it as "one of the most fundamental antagonisms within sexual dissidence over the past century." By focusing on fiction by Edmund White, Andrew Holleran, David Leavitt, Michael Cunningham, Alan Hollinghurst, Dennis Cooper, Adam Mars-Jones and others, Brookes argues that gay fiction is torn between assimilative and radical impulses. He posits the existence of two distinct strands of gay fiction, but also aims to show the conflict as an internal one, a struggle in which opposing impulses are at work within individual texts. This book places post-Stonewall gay fiction in context by linking it to theoretical and historical developments since the late nineteenth century, and tracing the conflict back to the fiction of Wilde, Forster, Genet, Vidal, Burroughs and Isherwood. Other relevant topics discussed include gay fiction of the 1970s; gays and the family; sexual transgression; gay fiction and the AIDS epidemic.

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: Gay Male Fiction since Stonewall: The Contextual Framework

Chapter Two: Divergent Lines of Dissent: Wilde to Stonewall

Chapter Three: "The Potency, Magnetism and Promise of Gay Self-Disclosure": Paradise Found?

Chapter Four: Centripetal Tendencies: Gays, Heterosexuality and the Family

Chapter Five: The Gay Outlaw: Sexual Radicalism and Transgression

Chapter Six: The AIDS Epidemic: Victory to a Virus?

Coda: Pressures of the New Millennium

Appendix: An Interview with Edmund White

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Author Bio

Les Brookes is an associate lecturer at The Open University, tutoring in twentieth-century literature. He has written articles for Overhere: A European Journal of American Culture and given papers at Warwick University and the Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies.

Name: Gay Male Fiction Since Stonewall: Ideology, Conflict, and Aesthetics (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Les Brookes. The conflict between assimilationism and radicalism that has riven gay culture since Stonewall became highly visible in the 1990s with the emergence and challenge of queer theory and politics. The conflict predates Stonewall, however—indeed,...
Categories: Gay & Lesbian Literature, Literary/Critical Theory, Literary History