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Rhetorical Secrets: Mapping Gay Identity and Queer Resistance in Contemporary America - Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique (Paperback)
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Rhetorical Secrets: Mapping Gay Identity and Queer Resistance in Contemporary America - Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique (Paperback)

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Davin Allen Grindstaff, through a series of close textual analyses examining public discourse, uncovers the rhetorical modes of persuasion surrounding the construction of gay male sexual identity. In Part One, Grindstaff establishes his notion of the ""rhetorical secret"" central to constructions of gay male identity: the practice of sexual identity as a secret, its promise of a coherent sexual self, and the perpetuation of secrecy as a product and strategy of heteronormative discourse.

Grindstaff continues in Part Two to examine major issues related to contemporary conceptions of gay male identity: overturning sodomy laws; public debates over same-sex marriages; medical and social responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis; the rhetorical power of hyper-masculine body images and homoeroticism to creative communities; and, finally, what Grindstaff considers to be the most mysterious and significant rhetorical practice of all: coming out of the closet.

By investigating the public discourse--texts and images that circulate, produce knowledge, and become means of persuasion--surrounding the constructions of sexual identity, Grindstaff challenges heteronormative concepts of sexuality itself, thus creating new maps of social power and new paths of resistance.

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 9780817357818
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Grindstaff s book is not only for those interested in learning about the rhetorical construction of gay male identity. Rhetorical Secrets also endeavors to explain how that identity is discursively produced by and among those who both deny and promote homophilia. . . . Rhetorical Secrets is a book that explicates one of the central interests of rhetoric, the formation and maintenance of a public and its subjects, but this explication is unique because it describes this process as a sensual, desire-charged, and desire-producing dynamic. Review of Communication"
"Grindstaff is both passionate about his topic and well versed in the queer theory of the past three decades." --GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
"Grindstaff's book is not only for those interested in learning about the rhetorical construction of gay male identity. Rhetorical Secrets also endeavors to explain how that identity is discursively produced by and among those who both deny and promote homophilia. . . . Rhetorical Secrets is a book that explicates one of the central interests of rhetoric, the formation and maintenance of a public and its subjects, but this explication is unique because it describes this process as a sensual, desire-charged, and desire-producing dynamic." --Review of Communication

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