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Come as You are

Come as You are
  • Author : Judith Roof
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1996
  • Total pages :211
  • ISBN : 0231104375
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Summary : On narrative and sexuality.

What Gender Is, What Gender Does

What Gender Is, What Gender Does
  • Author : Judith Roof
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-04-01
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9781452949994
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Summary : What Gender Is, What Gender Does provides a forceful new paradigm for considering genders. With depth and insight, Judith Roof argues that genders are much more than binary. And they are constantly morphing: they are conscious and unconscious, simultaneously conventional and idiosyncratic. At any moment, more than one gender dynamic is at work in any individual. Roof’s interpretation of genders isn’t content with either biological duality or endlessly open performativity, and what results is a nuanced and surprising representation of gender—an account that captures the complexities of lived experience as well as lived ideology. For Roof, genders are interacting sets of operations that link individual desires to multiple, shifting manifestations of sociocultural positioning and self-presentation. Thus, “to gender” is to signal, mask, suggest, mislead, and simplify the uncontainable chaos of desires characteristic of subjects but roundly contained by society. Drawing illustrative material from contemporary popular culture productions, including My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Spider-Man, Shrek, Shallow Hal, Sex and the City, Bridesmaids, Bond films, and “bromance” movies, What Gender Is, What Gender Does demonstrates how the persistent conflation of gender and sexual difference is, on the one hand, a simple taxonomic urge and, on the other, a cover that offers the security of identity in place of the frustrations and fears of the real asymmetries of personal power dynamics.

Outspeak

Outspeak
  • Author : Sean P. O'Connell
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2001-01-01
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 0791447375
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Summary : Examines the pleasures, perils, and promises of professing one's sexual identity.

Desire and Dramatic Form in Early Modern England

Desire and Dramatic Form in Early Modern England
  • Author : Judith Deborah Haber
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-04-09
  • Total pages :212
  • ISBN : 9780521518673
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Summary : Haber investigates the intersections of erotic desire and dramatic form in works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster, Middleton, Ford, and Cavendish.

Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth-Century England and France

Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth-Century England and France
  • Author : Chris Roulston
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-04-22
  • Total pages :252
  • ISBN : 9781317090670
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Summary : In the eighteenth century, when the definition of marriage was shifting from one based on an hierarchical model to one based on notions of love and mutuality, marital life came under a more intense cultural scrutiny. This led to paradoxical forms of representation of marriage as simultaneously ideal and unlivable. Chris Roulston analyzes how, as representations of married life increased, they challenged the traditional courtship model, offering narratives based on repetition rather than progression. Beginning with English and French marital advice literature, which appropriated novelistic conventions at the same time that it cautioned readers about the dangers of novel reading, she looks at representations of ideal marriages in Pamela II and The New Heloise. Moving on from these ideal domestic spaces, bourgeois marriage is then problematized by the discourse of empire in Sir George Ellison and Letters of Mistress Henley, by troublesome wives in works by Richardson and Samuel de Constant, and by abusive husbands in works by Haywood, Edgeworth, Genlis and Restif de la Bretonne. Finally, the alternative marriage narrative, in which the adultery motif is incorporated into the marriage itself, redefines the function of heteronormativity. In exploring the theoretical issues that arise during this transitional period for married life and the marriage plot, Roulston expands the debates around the evolution of the modern couple.

Luxurious Sexualities

Luxurious Sexualities
  • Author : Jean Howard,Alan Sinfield,Lindsay Smith
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2005-08-12
  • Total pages :210
  • ISBN : 9781134718580
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Summary : Luxurious Sexualities contains some of the most path- breaking adventurous critical writing currently to be found in Britain. Focusing on eighteenth century sexuality it is intriguing, controversial and provoking. Textual Practice contains articles relating to women, popular culture, visual media, and ethnic and sexual minorities.

Rereading Heterosexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction

Rereading Heterosexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction
  • Author : Rachel Carroll
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-04-04
  • Total pages :168
  • ISBN : 9780748649082
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Summary : Heterosexuality in contemporary novels, re-examined using the frameworks of feminism and queer theory. Drawing on feminist and queer theories of sex, gender and sexuality, this study focuses on female identities at odds with heterosexual norms. In particular, it explores narratives in which the conventional equation between heterosexuality, reproductive sexuality and female identity is questioned.

The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature

The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • Author : Scott Herring
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-05-26
  • Total pages :278
  • ISBN : 9781107046498
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Summary : 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.

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory
  • Author : Matthew Garrett
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-10-31
  • Total pages :312
  • ISBN : 9781108428477
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Summary : Narrative theory is essential to everything from history to lyric poetry, from novels to the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Narrative theory explores how stories work and how we make them work. This Companion is both an introduction and a contribution to the field. It presents narrative theory as an approach to understanding all kinds of cultural production: from literary texts to historiography, from film and videogames to philosophical discourse. It takes the long historical view, outlines essential concepts, and reflects on the way narrative forms connect with and rework social forms. The volume analyzes central premises, identifies narrative theory's feminist foundations, and elaborates its significance to queer theory and issues of race. The specially commissioned essays are exciting to read, uniting accessibility and rigor, traditional concerns with a renovated sense of the field as a whole, and analytical clarity with stylistic dash. Topical and substantial, The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory is an engaging resource on a key contemporary concept.

Religion and Sexuality

Religion and Sexuality
  • Author : Michael A. Hayes,Wendy Porter,David Tombs
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-10-06
  • Total pages :448
  • ISBN : 9781474281874
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Summary : This volume on a provocative set of topics presents papers from the 1997 conference on Religion and Sexuality at Roehampton Institute London. The papers do not confine themselves to contemporary discussion of the topics concerned, but range widely in their discourse and discuss this relationship in social, theological and political contexts.

Families We Choose

Families We Choose
  • Author : Kath Weston
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1997
  • Total pages :261
  • ISBN : 0231110936
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Summary : This study brings together two areas of investigation: relationships of gay and lesbian individuals with their biological families, and lesbian and gay relationships in the context of research on alternative forms of family.

Queer Dickens

Queer Dickens
  • Author : Holly Furneaux
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-12-10
  • Total pages :282
  • ISBN : 9780199566099
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Summary : This book offers a radically new reading of Dickens. It argues that, rather than representing a largely conventional, conservative view of sexuality and gender, his corpus is distinctly queer, displaying a fascination with the diversity of gender roles, the expandability of notions of the family, and the multiplicity of sexual desire.

Adulthood and Other Fictions

Adulthood and Other Fictions
  • Author : Sari Edelstein
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-12-06
  • Total pages :176
  • ISBN : 9780192567888
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Summary : While the field of childhood studies has blossomed in recent years, few scholars have taken up the question of age more broadly as a lens for reading American literature. Adulthood and Other Fictions shows how a diverse array of nineteenth-century writers, thinkers, and artists responded to the rise of chronological age in social and political life. Over the course of the century, age was added to the census; schools were organized around age groups; birthday cards were mass-produced; geriatrics became a medical specialty. Adulthood and Other Fictions reads American literature as a rich, critical account of this modern culture of age, and it examines how our most well-known writers registered—and often resisted—age expectations, particularly as they applied to women and people of color. More than simply adding age to the list of identity categories that have become de rigueur sites of scholarly attention, Adulthood and Other Fictions argues that these other measures of social location (race, gender, sexuality, class) are largely legible through the seemingly more natural and essential identity defined by age. That is, longstanding cultural ideals about maturity and development anchor ideologies of heterosexuality, race, nationalism, and capitalism, and in this sense, age rhetoric serves as one of our most pervasive disciplinary discourses. Writers including Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Henry James anticipated the ageism of our moment, but they also recognized how age norms both structure and limit the lives of individuals at all points on the age continuum. Ultimately, the volume argues for an intersectional understanding of age that challenges the celebration of independence and autonomy imbricated in US fantasies of adulthood and in American identity itself.

"Evil" Arabs in American Popular Film

'Evil' Arabs in American Popular Film
  • Author : Tim Jon Semmerling
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006-09-01
  • Total pages :303
  • ISBN : 9780292713413
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Summary : The "evil" Arab has become a stock character in American popular films, playing the villain opposite American "good guys" who fight for "the American way." It's not surprising that this stereotype has entered American popular culture, given the real-world conflicts between the United States and Middle Eastern countries, particularly since the oil embargo of the 1970s and continuing through the Iranian hostage crisis, the first and second Gulf Wars, and the ongoing struggle against al-Qaeda. But when one compares the "evil" Arab of popular culture to real Arab people, the stereotype falls apart. In this thought-provoking book, Tim Jon Semmerling further dismantles the "evil" Arab stereotype by showing how American cultural fears, which stem from challenges to our national ideologies and myths, have driven us to create the "evil" Arab Other. Semmerling bases his argument on close readings of six films (The Exorcist, Rollover, Black Sunday, Three Kings, Rules of Engagement, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut), as well as CNN's 9/11 documentary America Remembers. Looking at their narrative structures and visual tropes, he analyzes how the films portray Arabs as threatening to subvert American "truths" and mythic tales—and how the insecurity this engenders causes Americans to project evil character and intentions on Arab peoples, landscapes, and cultures. Semmerling also demonstrates how the "evil" Arab narrative has even crept into the documentary coverage of 9/11. Overall, Semmerling's probing analysis of America's Orientalist fears exposes how the "evil" Arab of American popular film is actually an illusion that reveals more about Americans than Arabs.

Queer Cinema in the World

Queer Cinema in the World
  • Author : Karl Schoonover,Rosalind Galt
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-11-18
  • Total pages :408
  • ISBN : 9780822373674
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Summary : Proposing a radical vision of cinema's queer globalism, Karl Schoonover and Rosalind Galt explore how queer filmmaking intersects with international sexual cultures, geopolitics, and aesthetics to disrupt dominant modes of world making. Whether in its exploration of queer cinematic temporality, the paradox of the queer popular, or the deviant ecologies of the queer pastoral, Schoonover and Galt reimagine the scope of queer film studies. The authors move beyond the gay art cinema canon to consider a broad range of films from Chinese lesbian drama and Swedish genderqueer documentary to Bangladeshi melodrama and Bolivian activist video. Schoonover and Galt make a case for the centrality of queerness in cinema and trace how queer cinema circulates around the globe–institutionally via film festivals, online consumption, and human rights campaigns, but also affectively in the production of a queer sensorium. In this account, cinema creates a uniquely potent mode of queer worldliness, one that disrupts normative ways of being in the world and forges revised modes of belonging.

Narrative Desire and the Book of Ruth

Narrative Desire and the Book of Ruth
  • Author : Stephanie Day Powell
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-02-22
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9780567682239
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Summary : Stephanie Day Powell illuminates the myriad forms of persuasion, inducement, discontent, and heartbreak experienced by readers of Ruth. Writing from a lesbian perspective, Powell draws upon biblical scholarship, contemporary film and literature, narrative studies, feminist and queer theories, trauma studies and psychoanalytic theory to trace the workings of desire that produced the book of Ruth and shaped its history of reception. Wrestling with the arguments for and against reading Ruth as a love story between women, Powell gleans new insights into the ancient world in which Ruth was written. Ruth is known as a tale of two courageous women, the Moabite Ruth and her Israelite mother-in-law Naomi. As widows with scarce means of financial or social support, Ruth and Naomi are forced to creatively subvert the economic and legal systems of their day in order to survive. Through exceptional acts of loyalty, they, along with their kinsman Boaz, re-establish the bonds of family and community, while preserving the line of Israel's great king David. Yet for many, the story of Ruth is deeply dissatisfying. Scholars increasingly recognize how Ruth's textual “gaps” and ambiguities render conventional interpretations of the book's meaning and purpose uncertain. Feminist and queer interpreters question the appropriation of a woman's story to uphold patriarchal institutions and heteronormative values. Such avenues of inquiry lend themselves to questions of narrative desire, that is, the study of how stories frame our desires and how our own complex longings affect the way we read.

Tactics of the Human

Tactics of the Human
  • Author : Laura Shackelford
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014
  • Total pages :265
  • ISBN : 9780472052387
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Summary : "Tactics of the Human: Experimental Technics in American Fiction examines the ways contemporary American fiction develops digital cultures through the creative transposition of digital rhetorics and technological practices, incorporating devices such as the hyperlink, network, and recursive processing into print or in translating a classic print narrative into a digital hypertext fiction. These literary experiments with early digital cultures from the 1990s comparatively retrace and speculate on the digital's transformative influence on prior understandings of the human, of social lives, and of individuals' relations to material lifeworlds, exploring the consequences of the apparent plasticity of the boundaries of the human, particularly for women, subaltern subjects, and others already considered liminally human. As these texts query the digital technics entering into textual practices, subjectivity, spatial practices and social networks, lived space, nation, and economic circulation, they reconceive their own literary print narrative methods and material modes of circulation in order to elaborate on unnoticed potentialities and limits of digital technics, providing a crucial means to reorient digital cultures of the present"--

On Sexuality and Power

On Sexuality and Power
  • Author : Alan Sinfield
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2004
  • Total pages :218
  • ISBN : 9780231134095
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Summary : This book argues that hierarchies in interpersonal relations are inextricably linked to the main power differentials of our social and political life (gender, class, age, and race); therefore it is not surprising that they govern our psychic lives. Recent writing enables an exploration of their positive potential, especially in fantasy, as well as their danger. The book focuses on the writing of the last thirty years, revisiting also Whitman, Wilde, Mann, Forster, and Genet, and reassessing the very idea of a gay canon.

Poems Between Women

Poems Between Women
  • Author : Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1997
  • Total pages :209
  • ISBN : 0231109245
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Summary : Emma Donoghue illustrates the ways in which women present their affections for each other, as childhood playmates, romantic friends, and lovers. With poems by over 100 women from all over the world, "Poems Between Women" collects four centuries of poetry between women writing in English. They are married and single, young and old, lesbian, heterosexual, or romantic friends, whose words reveal a wide range of experiences and emotions, but also chart the evolution of women's poetic expression.

LGBT Studies and Queer Theory

LGBT Studies and Queer Theory
  • Author : Karen Lovaas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-05-13
  • Total pages :372
  • ISBN : 9781136569845
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Summary : Find out how the tension between LGBT studies and queer theory exists in the classroom, politics, communities, and relationships LGBT Studies and Queer Theory: New Conflicts, Collaborations, and Contested Terrain examines the similarities and differences between LGBT studies and queer theory and the uneasy relationship between the two in the academic world. This unique book meets the challenge that queer theory presents to the study and politics of gay and lesbian studies with a collection of essays from leading academics who represent a variety of disciplines. These original pieces place queer theory in social and historical contexts, exploring the implications for social psychology, religious studies, communications, sociology, philosophy, film studies, and women's studies. The book's contributors address queer theory's connections to a wide range of issues, including the development of capitalism, the evolution of the gay and lesbian movement, and the study of bisexuality and gender. Many scholars working in gay and lesbian studies still question the intellectual and political value of queer theory. As a result, queer theory has often been concentrated in the humanities, while gay and lesbian studies are concentrated in the social sciences and history. But this has begun to change in the past 10-15 years, as documented by the 12 essays presented in LGBT Studies and Queer Theory: New Conflicts, Collaborations, and Contested Terrain. LGBT Studies and Queer Theory: New Conflicts, Collaborations, and Contested Terrain includes: historical notes on LGBT studies and queer theory some continuing tensions between LGBT studies and queer theory doubts about whether queer theory can lead to social change an analysis of the current state of “proto-fields” of LGBT studies and queer studies in religion concerns that queer theory’s "erasure of identity" feeds into late capitalism an analysis of variability in social psychologists’ studies of anti-homosexual prejudice an exploration of the commodification of queer identities in independent cinema how and why the category of bisexuality has been marginalized a historical review and assessment of recent bisexual theory a case study of Provincetown, Massachusetts an investigation of the interarticulation of race/ethnicity and gender a case study of the struggle to introduce LGBT studies in the curriculum at West Chester University and much more LGBT Studies and Queer Theory: New Conflicts, Collaborations, and Contested Terrain is an essential read for researchers, academics, and practitioners involved in exploring multifaceted aspects of LGBT Studies and Queer Theory and their points of convergence and divergence.

Willa Cather, Queering America

Willa Cather, Queering America
  • Author : Marilee Lindemann
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1999
  • Total pages :185
  • ISBN : 0231113250
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Summary : An enlightening unpacking of Cather's writings, from her controversial love letters of the 1890s--in which "queer" is employed to denote sexual deviance--to her epic novels, short stories, and critical writings.