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Essays on Gay Literature





ISBN 9780918393098
Published July 1, 1985 by Routledge
184 Pages

 
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Book Description

An important contribution to the rapidly growing field of gay literary criticism and scholarship, this volume contains well-written and intelligently argued essays on the the homosexual tradition in Western literature. The first book of its kind, Essays on Gay Literature investigates the ways in which homosexuality has been viewed by a variety of authors from the Middle Ages to the present, including William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, E. M. Forster, James Merrill, Henry James, and William Faulkner.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword

  • Introduction: The Uses of Homosexuality in Literature
  • This Other Eden: Arcadia and the Homosexual Imagination
  • Edward Carpenter and the Double Structure of Maurice
  • The Inverted Type: Homosexuality as a Theme in James Merrill's Prophetic Books
  • Don Leon, Byron, and Homosexual Law Reform
  • Stoddard's Little Tricks in South Seas Idyls
  • Henry James: Interpreting an Obsessive Memory
  • William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!: An Exegesis of the Homoerotic Configurations in the Novel
  • The Merchant of Venice: The Homosexual as Anti-Semite in Nascent Capitalism
  • The Lesbian Hero Bound: Radclyffe Hall's Portrait of Sapphic Daughters and Their Mothers
  • An Essay in Sexual Liberation, Victorian Style: Walter Pater's “Two Early French Stories”
  • To Love a Medieval Boy
  • Index

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