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Critical Essays
Gay and Lesbian Writers of Color

ISBN 9781560230489
Published February 7, 1994 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

This pioneering work is the first book to systematically explore the literature of gay and lesbian writers of color in the United States. Critical Essays challenges the marginalization and tokenization of gay men and lesbians of color in the dominant academic discourses by focusing exclusively on the imaginative work of representative Native-American, Asian-American, Latino(a), and African-American gay and lesbian writers.

As the first book offering a scholarly assessment of ethnic gay and lesbian writing in the U.S., Critical Essays simultaneously defies ethnic and mainstream homophobia as well as straight and gay/lesbian racism. This deliberate counter to the dominant white discourse of gay and lesbian literature offers a lively contribution to the debate on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender/sexuality and class in American literature. A wide range of critical approaches, including historical readings, cultural analysis, and deconstructive criticism, is employed to the works of such major literary figures as Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, John Rechy, Paula Gunn Allen, and Gloria Anzaldúa.

These thought-provoking chapters disrupt the complacent notion of a unified gay/lesbian community by questioning the presumed similarities of persons who share sexual identity. Some of the specific topics explored in Critical Essays include:

  • post-coloniality and gay/lesbian identities
  • emerging Asian-American gay and lesbian writers
  • redefining the Harlem Renaissance from gay perspectives
  • contemporary African-American gay male performance art
  • relocating the gay Filipino

    This groundbreaking volume will be of immense interest to undergraduate, graduate, and advanced scholars in Gay and Lesbian studies, Women’s studies, African-American studies, Asian-American studies, Latino(a) studies and Native-American studies. It will also serve students and scholars as a valuable introduction to the diversity of authors that comprise twentieth-century American literature.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • Surveying the Intersection: Pathology, Secrecy, and the Discourses of Racial and Sexual Identity
  • Premature Gestures: A Speculative Dialogue on Asian Pacific Islander Lesbian and Gay Writing
  • (Re)Locating the Gay Filipino: Resistance, Postcolonialism, and Identity
  •  Myth Smashers, Myth Makers: (Re)Visionary Techniques in the Works of Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Audre Lorde
  • The House of Difference: Gender, Culture, and the Subject-In-Process on the American Stage
  • Sexuality Degree Zero: Pleasure and Power in the Novels of John Rechy, Arturo Islas, and Michael Nava
  • Gay Re-Readings of the Harlem Renaissance Poets
  • Countee Cullen’s Uranian “Soul Windows”
  • “Being Bridges”: Cleaver/Baldwin/Lorde and African-American Sexism and Sexuality
  • “The Very House of Difference”: Zami(in ital.), Audre Lorde’s Lesbian-Centered Text
  • “Fierce Love” and Fierce Response: Intervening in the Cultural Politics of Race, Sexuality, and AIDS
  • A Visitation of Difference: Randall Kenan and Black Queer Theory
  • Reference Notes Included
  • Ind.ex

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