This book focusses on contemporary and 20th century writers who traffic in queer, non-normative, and/or fluid gender and sexual identities and subversive practices. The author aims to reveal where and how gender and sexual variant women create, revise, redefine, and play with language, roles, desires, bodies public and private sex practices, and identity. Through the model of the ‘switch’ – someone who shifts between roles, desires, or ways of being in the realms of gender and identity – this work looks at the possibilities of new self-expression and freedoms. New analysis of authors such as Gertrude Stein, Jeanette Winterson, Kathy Acker and Anne Carson is central to this new and innovative examination of literature and gendered bodies. This is a provocative and innovative intervention in gender and sexuality in modern literature and is suitable for scholars in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Literature.
1 “Thinking Sex”: Presentation, Representation, and Manifestation; An Unveiling…, 2 Gertrude Stein Does Man-Space and Girl Pink, 3 Kathy Acker, Eileen Myles and Jeanette Winterson Traffic and Switch in the Spaces and Language of Non-Normative Identities and Desires…4 The Body, and Deviancy in Kathy Acker, Anne Carson, and Sappho, 5 Conclusion and Possibilities for sexual and Gender Freedom