1st Edition

Inside/Out Lesbian Theories, Gay Theories

Edited By Diana Fuss Copyright 1991
    432 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Lesbians and gays have gone from "coming out," to "acting up," to "outing," meanwhile radically redefining society's views on sexuality and gender. The essays in Inside/Out employ a variety of approaches (psychoanalysis, deconstruction, semiotics, and discourse theory) to investigate representations of sex and sexual difference in literature, film, video, music, and photography. Engaging the figures of divas, dykes, vampires and queens, the contributors address issues such as AIDS, pornography, pedagogy, authorship, and activism. Inside/Out shifts the focus from sex to sexual orientation, provoking a reconsideration of the concepts of the sexual and the political.

    I Decking Out: Performing Identities 1 Imitation and Gender Insubordination 2 Boys Will Be Girls: The Politics of Gay Drag 3 Who Are We? Gay Identity as Political (E) motion (A Theoretical Rumination) 4 Seeing Things: Representation, the Scene of Surveillance, and the Spectacle of Gay Male Sex II Cutting Up: Specters, Spectators, Authors 5 Anal Rope 6 Female Spectator, Lesbian Specter: The Haunting 7 A Parallax View of Lesbian Authorship 8 Believing in Fairies: The Author and The Homosexual III Zoning In: Body/Parts 9 The Queen's Throat: (Homo)sexuality and the Art of Singing 10 Below the Belt: (Un)Covering The Well of Loneliness 11 Rock Hudson's Body IV Acting Up: AIDS, Allegory, Activism 12 AIDS in America: Postmodern Governance, Identity, and Experience 13 All the Sad Young Men: AIDS and the Work of Mourning 14 Undead 15 Shocking Pink Praxis: Race and Gender on the ACT UP Frontlines V Speaking Out: Teaching In 16 Visualizing Safe Sex: When Pedagogy and Pornography Collide 17 School's Out


    Diana Fuss

    "This is the first anthology to offer full-strength, state-of-the-art lesbian and gay theory in all its immediacy, all its sophistication. `Theory' means something new in the hands of these two generations of passionate activist/intellectuals --Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, author of Epistemology of the Closet."