Unlimited embrace : a canon of gay fiction, 1945-1995 /
Reed Woodhouse.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c1998.
x, 338 p. ; 25 cm.
1558491325 (alk. paper)
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Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c1998.
1558491325 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1998-08:
This stunningly good book is an example of literary criticism of the old style‘an arguments for what is good and not so good‘applied to a field that, although in its infancy, has suffered from a surfeit of theory and a dearth of true criticism. With barely a trace of the recent academic jargon, Woodhouse (English, MIT) combines extraordinary erudition with a personal style in arguing for works that "are central to the project of gay (male) fiction in the postwar period." Although his range of literary reference is extraordinary, his choices for a canon are based as much on subject and political stance as style. He divides gay fiction, loosely, into works that represent or depict assimilation and those (which he clearly prefers) that embody a distinctive gay identity. His canon, therefore, includes Boyd McDonald as well as Edmund White but excludes David Leavitt (a "nice narcissist" whose fiction exhibits "a generalized fear of experience"). Woodhouse's close and extremely perceptive readings of works by White, Isherwood, Andrew Holleran, Gore Vidal, Larry Kramer, and many more need to be read by anyone with a serious interest in American gay male literature. For all graduate and upper-level undergraduate collections.‘Robert W. Melton, Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Five Houses of Gay Fiction, Revisitedp. 1
From the Closet to the Theater (via the Electric Chair)p. 17
James Baldwin's Giovanni's Roomp. 17
Tennessee Williams's Gay Short Storiesp. 35
Sexual Dandyism and the Legacy of Oscar Wildep. 51
Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridgep. 53
Boyd McDonald's Straight to Hellp. 62
Immodesty and Immolationp. 75
Dennis Cooper's Friskp. 81
James Purdy's Narrow Roomsp. 87
The Life of Desire in 1978p. 101
Larry Kramer's Faggotsp. 103
Andrew Holleran's Dancer from the Dancep. 120
Virtually Normal, and Vice-Versap. 139
David Leavitt's The Lost Language of Cranesp. 145
Christopher Isherwood's A Single Manp. 155
Homeward Boundp. 171
Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the Worldp. 174
Ethan Mordden's Short Storiesp. 184
A Wedding and Three Funerals: Four AIDS Novelsp. 201
John Weir's The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socketp. 206
Samuel R. Delany's The Mad Manp. 212
Christopher Davis's Valley of the Shadowp. 221
Dale Peck's Martin and Johnp. 228
Boy's Life: Neil Bartlett's Ready to Catch Him Should He Fallp. 241
White Lies: Edmund White's Gay Fictionp. 263
Afterwordp. 297
More Gay Fiction: An Appendixp. 301
Nonce, Genre, and One-Handed Booksp. 304
Notesp. 307
Indexp. 329
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