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Queer: A Graphic History (Introducing...)
by Meg-John Barker

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

September 08, 2016

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<b>'Queer: A Graphic History Could Totally Change the Way You Think About Sex and Gender' <i>Vice</i></b><br /><br /><br /><br />Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Jules Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel.<br /><br /><br /><br />From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged.<br /><br /><br /><br />Along the way we look at key landmarks which shift our perspective of what鈥檚 鈥榥ormal鈥?鈥?Alfred Kinsey鈥檚 view of sexuality as a spectrum, Judith Butler鈥檚 view of gendered behaviour as a performance, the play Wicked, or moments in Casino Royale when we鈥檙e invited to view James Bond with the kind of desiring gaze usually directed at female bodies in mainstream media. <br /><br /><br /><br />Presented in a brilliantly engaging and witty style, this is a unique portrait of the universe of queer thinking.
The Lesbian Fantastic: A Critical Study of Science Fiction, Fanta...
by Phyllis M. Betz

Language

English

Pages

211

Publication Date

March 22, 2011

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Science fiction has long been a haven for lesbian writers, allowing them to use the genre to discuss their marginalized status. This critical work examines how lesbian authors have used the structures and conventions of science fiction to embody characters, relationships and other themes that relate to their experience as the quintessential Other in the broader culture. Topics include lesbian gothic, fantasy, science fiction, mixed genre texts and historical background for the works discussed. A vital addition to the scholarship on homosexuality and culture.
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling
by Philip Pullman

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English

Pages

489

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>From the internationally best-selling author of the <i>His Dark Materials</i> trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art--the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.</b><br /><br />One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story--from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Dickens, and the Brothers Grimm, among others--and delves into the role of story in education, religion, and science. At once personal and wide-ranging, <i>Daemon Voices</i> is both a revelation of the writing mind and the methods of a great contemporary master, and a fascinating exploration of storytelling itself.
A Literary History of Reconciliation: Power, Remorse and the Limi...
by Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

September 06, 2018

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From William Shakespeare to Marilynne Robinson, this book examines representations of interpersonal reconciliation in works of literature, focusing on how these representations draw on the language of divine forgiveness. Christian theology sees divine forgiveness as conditional upon a sinner's remorse and self-abasement before God, but also as a form of grace 鈥?unconditional and rooted only in divine love. Van Dijkhuizen explores what happens when this paradoxical forgiveness paradigm comes to serve as a template for interpersonal reconciliation. <br /> <br />As <i>A Literary History of Reconciliation </i>shows, literary writers imagine interpersonal reconciliation as being centrally about power and hierarchy, and present forgiveness without power as longed for but ever elusive. Drawing on major works of literature from the early modern era to the present day, this book explores works by John Milton, Virginia Woolf, J.M. Coetzee, Ian McEwan and others to craft a literary history that will appeal to readers interested in literature, religion and philosophy.
Don't Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems
by Stephanie Burt

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<b>An award-winning poet offers a brilliant introduction to the joys--and challenges--of the genre</b><br />In <i>Don't Read Poetry</i>, award-winning poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry. Burt dispels preconceptions about poetry and explains how poems speak to one another--and how they can speak to our lives. She shows readers how to find more poems once they have some poems they like, and how to connect the poetry of the past to the poetry of the present. Burt moves seamlessly from Shakespeare and other classics to the contemporary poetry circulated on Tumblr and Twitter. She challenges the assumptions that many of us make about "poetry," whether we think we like it or think we don't, in order to help us cherish--and distinguish among--individual poems.<br />A masterful guide to a sometimes confounding genre, <i>Don't Read Poetry</i> will instruct and delight ing茅nues and cognoscenti alike.
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twent...
by Lillian Faderman

Language

English

Pages

404

Publication Date

February 21, 2012

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As Lillian Faderman writes, there are "no constants with regard to lesbianism," except that lesbians prefer women. In this groundbreaking book, she reclaims the history of lesbian life in twentieth-century America, tracing the evolution of lesbian identity and subcultures from early networks to more recent diverse lifestyles. She draws from journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, media accounts, novels, medical literature, pop culture artifacts, and oral histories by lesbians of all ages and backgrounds, uncovering a narrative of uncommon depth and originality.
Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms (Series in Fairy-Tale St...
by Kay Turner

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

October 15, 2012

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The stories in the Grimm brothers' <i>Kinder- und Hausm盲rchen (Children's and Household Tales</i>), first published in 1812 and 1815, have come to define academic and popular understandings of the fairy tale genre. Yet over a period of forty years, the brothers, especially Wilhelm, revised, edited, sanitized, and bowdlerized the tales, publishing the seventh and final edition in 1857 with many of the sexual implications removed. However, the contributors in <i>Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms</i> demonstrate that the Grimms and other collectors paid less attention to ridding the tales of non-heterosexual implications and that, in fact, the Grimms' tales are rich with queer possibilities.<br /><br />Editors Kay Turner and Pauline Greenhill introduce the volume with an overview of the tales' literary and interpretive history, surveying their queerness in terms of not just sex, gender and sexuality, but also issues of marginalization, oddity, and not fitting into society. In three thematic sections, contributors then consider a range of tales and their queer themes. In Faux Femininities, essays explore female characters, and their relationships and feminine representation in the tales. Contributors to Revising Rewritings consider queer elements in rewritings of the Grimms' tales, including Angela Carter's <i>The Bloody Chamber</i>, Jeanette Winterson's <i>Twelve Dancing Princesses</i>, and contemporary reinterpretations of both "Snow White" and "Snow White and Rose Red." Contributors in the final section, Queering the Tales, consider queer elements in some of the Grimms' original tales and explore intriguing issues of gender, biology, patriarchy, and transgression.<br /><br />With the variety of unique perspectives in<i> Transgressive Tales</i>, readers will find new appreciation for the lasting power of the fairy-tale genre. Scholars of fairy-tale studies and gender and sexuality studies will enjoy this thought-provoking volume.
Dean's Way Out: How Overcoming Trauma, Eating Disorders, and Depr...
by Dean Lin

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English

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Publication Date

March 12, 2020

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Dean Lin grew up in Queens, New York. He is a Mental Health advocate, creator/podcast host of Pretty Gaysic with Dean Lin, and on-camera personality. Dean has given a TEDx Talk, appeared on BuzzFeed, and directed several short films.<br /><br />You would never guess behind his outgoing, comedic, enthusiastic, and dramatic personality that lights up every room 鈥?is the product of his trauma filled childhood, eating disorders, and depression.<br /><br />In his raw, uncensored memoir,聽Dean brings to life his experience growing up in an abusive traditional Asian home, hiding his sexuality for years, and the suppressed emotions that ultimately led him to develop serious mental health consequences鈥揳norexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Intertwining comedy, vulnerability, and life lessons, Dean gives light to how overcoming struggles in life has made him the fabulous, glittering, and unapologetically version of himself.<br /><br />Dean鈥檚 Way Out聽is an extremely personal story about acknowledging past hardships, family issues, and mental health鈥搒o that your past doesn鈥檛 define your entire life. It is also a story about being a warrior, recovering, and being the best version of yourself despite the world around us, that often convinces us we aren鈥檛 good enough. When in reality, we are BORN fabulous. <br />
The Paris Diary & The New York Diary, 1951-1961
by Ned Rorem

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English

Pages

436

Publication Date

June 18, 2013

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<b>In the earliest published diaries of Ned Rorem, the acclaimed American composer recalls a bygone era and its luminaries, celebrates the creative process, and examines the gay culture of Europe and the US during the 1950s</b><br />One of America鈥檚 most significant contemporary composers, Ned Rorem is also widely acclaimed as a diarist of unique insight and refreshing candor. Together, his <i>Paris Diary</i>, first published in 1966, and <i>The New York Diary</i>,which followed a year later, paint a colorful landscape of Rorem鈥檚 world and its famous inhabitants, as well as a fascinating self-portrait of a footloose young artist unabashedly drinking deeply of life. In this amalgam of forthright personal reflections and cogent social commentary, unprecedented for its time, Rorem鈥檚 anecdotal recollections of the decade from 1951 to 1961 represent Gay Liberation in its infancy as the author freely expresses his open sexuality not as a revelation but as a simple fact of life.聽At once blisteringly honest and exquisitely entertaining, Rorem鈥檚 diaries expound brilliantly on the creative process, following their peripatetic author from Paris to Morocco to Italy and back home to America as he crosses paths with Picasso, Cocteau, Gide, Boulez, and other luminaries of the era. 聽With consummate skill and unexpurgated insight, a younger, wilder Rorem reflects on a bygone time and culture and, in doing so, holds a revealing mirror to himself.聽
The Damned Don't Cry-They Just Disappear: The Life and Works of H...
by Harlan Greene

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English

Pages

191

Publication Date

December 29, 2017

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In The Damned Don鈥檛 Cry鈥擳hey Just Disappear, literary historian and Lamba Award鈥搘inning novelist Harlan Greene has created a portrait of a nearly forgotten southern writer, unearthing information from archives, rare books, film libraries, and small-town newspapers. Greene brings Harry Hervey (1900鈥?951) to life and explicates his works to reveal him as a hardworking writer and master of many genres, bravely unwilling to conform to conventional values.<br /><br />As Greene illustrates, Hervey's novels, short stories, nonfiction books, and film scripts contain complex mixtures of history and thinly disguised homoerotic situations and themes. They blend local color, naturalism, melodrama, and psychological and sexual truths that provide a view to the circles in which he moved. Living openly with his male lover in Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, Hervey set novels in these cities that scandalized the locals and critics as well. He challenged the sexual mores of his day, sometimes subtly and at other times brazenly presenting texts that told one story to gay male readers, while still courting a mainstream audience. His novels and nonfiction may have been coded and thus escaped detection in their day, but twenty-first century readers can decipher them easily.<br /><br />Greene also discusses Hervey's travel books and successful Hollywood scriptwriting, as well as his use of exotic elements from Asian cultures. The iconic film Shanghai Express, starring Marlene Dietrich, was based on one of his original stories. He also wrote some of the first travel books on Indochina, with descriptions of male and female prostitution and allusions to his own sexual adventures, which still make for sensational reading today.<br /><br />Despite Hervey's output and his perseverance in presenting gay characters and themes as openly as he could, he has not been included in any survey of twentieth-century gay writers. Greene now rectifies this omission, providing the first book-length study of Hervey's life and work and the first scholarly attention to him in more than fifty years. It furthers our understanding of gay life in the South, as well as the impact of gay artists on popular culture in the first half of the twentieth century.

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