1st Edition

A Sea of Stories The Shaping Power of Narrative in Gay and Lesbian Cultures: A Festschrift for John P. DeCecco

By John Dececco, Phd, Sonya L Jones Copyright 2000
    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    Take a look at how narrative has shaped gay and lesbian culture

    A Sea of Stories: The Shaping Power of Narrative in Gay and Lesbian Cultures: A Festschrift for John P. De Cecco is an unforgettable collection of personal narratives that explores the historical, psychological, and sociological contexts of homosexuality in locations ranging from Nazi Germany to Colorado. Some of the prominent authors in this collection include David Bergman, Louis Crew, Diana Hume George, and Ruth Vanita. Scholars in gay and lesbian studies, political movements, cultural studies, and narratology, and anyone interested in gay history will want to explore these intriguing narratives on topics such as sex and sin in the South, selling gay literature before Stonewall, growing up gay in India, and the story of an interracial male couple facing homophobic ignorance in a small town.

    A Sea of Stories also contains creative fiction and nonfiction love stories, war stories, oral stories, and bibliographies, and a beautiful post-Stonewell and post-modern narrative set on a South African seascape that tells the story of two professional men and the possibility of a kiss. For a complete list of contents, please visit our Web site at www.haworthpressinc.com.

    This book offers you a variety of narratives that cover a wide range, including:

    • memoirs of gay Holocaust survivors and the emergence of the first lesbian and gay book club in its wake
    • homophobia in the workplace and the use of coming-out stories to enhance workplace diversity
    • the establishment of a gay/straight alliance in a Salt Lake City high school that is heavily dominated by Mormons
    • gay literary heritage that examines the works of Langston Hughes as well as Martin Duberman, Paul Monette, and Edmund White in relation to the lesbian 70s
    • creative nonfiction about a woman's love for another woman, her lifelong friend
    • Provincetown's remarkable community response to the AIDS epidemic

      A collection of chapters written by the colleagues and former students of John P. De Cecco, pioneering editor of the Journal of Homosexuality, A Sea of Stories takes its title from a phrase Dr. De Cecco used in his keynote address to the “History and Memory” conference at Allegheny College in 1997. This conference sparked the idea for this collection of essays that examine the homosexual experience through historical, psychological, and sociological viewpoints and homosexuality in literature. These courageous stories will assist readers to know themselves more deeply, to identify wih others, and to interpret gay and lesbian experiences in different narrative forms.

    • About the Editor
    • Contributors
    • Introduction: A Festschrift for John P. De Cecco
    • Apologia Pro Gay and Lesbian Studies: My “History and Memory” As Allegheny Student and Editor of the Journal of Homosexuality (ital)
    • Chapter 1. The Historical Evolution of Our Stories: The Persecution of Homosexuals During the Third Reich
    • The Weimar Republic
    • Legislation Under the National Socialists
    • Persecution
    • Life in the Concentration Camps
    • Life After 1945
    • Chapter 2. Selling Gay Literature Before Stonewall
    • Chapter 3. Workplace Narratives: Using Coming-Out Stories to Enhance Workplace Diversity
    • The Development of Attitudes Regarding Sexuality
    • Attitude Change and the Role of Contact
    • The Use of Narrative As a Form of “Indirect Contact”
    • The Power of Narrative As a Catalyst for Change
    • Using Narrative in the Workplace
    • The Bottom Line: Coming Out, Productivity, and Job Satisfaction
    • To Tell or Not to Tell One's Story
    • The Current Literature on Workplace Issues
    • Chapter 4. Queer Youth: Old Stories, New Stories
    • The Context
    • The Study, The Story
    • Queer narratives: The Stories Youth Live
    • Conclusion
    • Chapter 5. “Melodramatic Maybe, It Seems to Me Now”: Langston Hughes and the Underwritten Self
    • Chapter 6. In the Body's Ghetto
    • Becoming Men: Gay Male Memoir and Autobiography from the 1940s Onward
    • Un-Becoming Men: The Postmodern Burlesque and Satire
    • The Many Kinds of Open: Six Lesbian Voices from the American 1970s
    • Chapter 7. Embracing the Past by Retelling the Stories
    • Growing Up Gay in India
    • “I'm an Excellent Animal”: Cows, Motherhood, and Love Between Women
    • Chapter 8. Telling Lives: A Community Responds to AIDS
    • Chapter 9. Two Grooms: Revisited, Celebrated, and Remembered
    • Fort Valley, Georgia, 1976
    • After the Honeymoon
    • Two Grooms, Continued: The Renewal of Vows--February 2, 1999
    • The Love That Need Not Speak Its Name: Sex and Sin in the South
    • Chapter 10. “I Would Prefer Not To”--Loving Karen
    • Chapter 11. A Professional Queer Remembers: Bibliography, Narrative, and the Saving Power of Memory
    • Prelude One (Fall 1978)
    • Prelude Two (Winter 1975)
    • Prelude Three (Summer 1996)
    • Memory As Survival
    • Narrative As Redemption
    • Bibliography As Narrative
    • Conclusion: Branches from a Green Tree
    • Chapter 12. A Kiss in the Cane
    • Index


    Phd, John Dececco