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Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Hardback)
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Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Hardback)

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Hardback 456 Pages / Published: 26/01/1993
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Publication of this sourcebook on important gay American fiction writers grants legitimacy and recognition to this rapidly emerging area of literary studies. Though wary of canon-formation in this groundbreaking work, editor Nelson has selected fifty-seven writers whose works have received serious critical acclaim and/or have won large audiences or, in a few cases, are worthy of greater attention. Included are representative writers of detective fiction and science fiction, but not authors of erotic fiction or pulp novels. Also excluded are a few novelists whose expressed wishes for privacy were respected. Writers and their works are examined in the gay literary context, and a majority of the contributing essayists are themselves gay male scholars and writers who bring with them a level of personal and political sensitivity that is generally lacking in non-gay assessments of this literature. Each entry begins with biographical information, proceeds to an interpretive summary of major works and themes, provides an overview of critical reception accorded the author, and concludes with bibliographies of primary and secondary materials. In a lively and perceptive introductory essay, Bredbeck inquires into what we mean by gay literature and the inherent tensions in these terms. Conceding the impossibility of speaking conclusively of gay literature, he nevertheless stresses the importance of the task and ends with a survey of critical studies of the gay male novel and works of gay male criticism.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313280191
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 823 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The material provided is excellent, and the sections on critical reception, which often delineate how homophobia has informed critical opinion, are invaluable and unprecedented. A fine essay by Gregory Bredbeck helps define the idea of 'gay literature.' Gay/lesbian studies are blossoming, and this volume will begin to fill the enormous gap in our reference collections on the subject; nothing like it is currently available."-Library Journal
"This book would be strongly recommended if for no other reason than that so little has been published about most of the novelists. It is important for providing analysis unavailable elsewhere."-Choice
"Hardbound and made to last a century or so, the book covers fifty-seven modern gay novelists, giving you run-downs on each writer's biography, books and reputation. There are big names and small, some dubious, and some missing, but the volume is definitely historic."-Mandate
"Nelson has done an excellent job in editing this book about gay novelists, which should be a welcome addition in all research libraries as well as other libraries where there is an interest in gay and lesbian culture. It fills a need in the area of gay and lesbian studies and is recommended for academic and large public libraries."-Reference Books Bulletin
?This book would be strongly recommended if for no other reason than that so little has been published about most of the novelists. It is important for providing analysis unavailable elsewhere.?-Choice
?Hardbound and made to last a century or so, the book covers fifty-seven modern gay novelists, giving you run-downs on each writer's biography, books and reputation. There are big names and small, some dubious, and some missing, but the volume is definitely historic.?-Mandate
?Nelson has done an excellent job in editing this book about gay novelists, which should be a welcome addition in all research libraries as well as other libraries where there is an interest in gay and lesbian culture. It fills a need in the area of gay and lesbian studies and is recommended for academic and large public libraries.?-Reference Books Bulletin
?The material provided is excellent, and the sections on critical reception, which often delineate how homophobia has informed critical opinion, are invaluable and unprecedented. A fine essay by Gregory Bredbeck helps define the idea of 'gay literature.' Gay/lesbian studies are blossoming, and this volume will begin to fill the enormous gap in our reference collections on the subject; nothing like it is currently available.?-Library Journal

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