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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2013) 59 (4): 596–618.
Published: 01 December 2013
... “im- maculate manliness” (599) of the tough guy hero. Worse, Baldwin suggests, so many novels “concerned with homosexuality” replicate this very move, their gay protagonists meeting violent ends so the threat their gayness poses to the innocence of American masculinity can be nullified. Baldwin...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 75–93.
Published: 01 March 2017
... the personal force of individual desire plays out on a broader structural level as Baldwin’s gay plot is drawn toward the magnetically forceful heterosexual love triangle in Hemingway’s tale. Hemingway and Baldwin address gender normativity and sexual inadequacy from a particular American perspective...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 343–350.
Published: 01 June 2013
... of Oscar Wilde. Founder of the Gate Theatre, and openly gay as early as 1928 when he moved to Dublin with his life partner, Hilton Edwards, mac Líammóir risked life and limb to redeem Wilde’s reputa- 343Twentieth-Century Literature 59.2 Summer 2013 343 Jesse Matz tion...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2007) 53 (4): 518–529.
Published: 01 December 2007
...Robert Boyers Modernism: The Lure of Heresy , by Gay Peter , New York : W.W. Norton , 2007 . 610 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2007 w Reviews Modernism, Dead or Alive Modernism: The Lure of Heresy by Peter Gay NewYork:W.W. Norton, 2007. 610 pages Robert Boyers...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 129–165.
Published: 01 June 2008
... current literary, gay, lesbian, and queer studies. When I offer Capote as a forerunner of the gay and lesbian rights movements, I contra­ dict the standard reading of Capote as a careerist apolitical aesthete, and celebrity qua celebrity. The politics and political impact of Capote as a best...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): vi–viii.
Published: 01 June 2008
... discovery or salvage. Too much a figure of the Establish­ ment to serve the purposes of gay liberation and the counterculture, Capote is a “difficult subject,” as we say.The standard view in gay- lesbian studies and queer theory, as the essay points out, is that Ca­ pote was a “careerist, apolitical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2009) 55 (3): 287–321.
Published: 01 September 2009
... criminals” (304). Barnes’s so-called criminal friends were the gays and lesbians who were part of her social milieu in Greenwich Village in the 1910s, where she resided before relocating in 1920 to a similar community of American expatriate sexual dissidents on Paris’s Left Bank, whose lives she...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2001) 47 (2): 268–292.
Published: 01 June 2001
... certainly be read as “straight” by main­ stream audiences, they simultaneously allow a gay male readership to iden­ tify in them a distinctively homoerotic subtext, a subjectivity that allows for a reading or readings that are distinct from the conventional hetero- normative interpretation. One...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2001) 47 (2): 169–196.
Published: 01 June 2001
.... —Whitman, Leaves of Grass (46) I lo w should we account for the relatively unexpected appearance of Samuel Beckett on the final page of Leo Bersani’s Homos? By what ab­ ject logic can Beckett be linked with the three gay outlaws— Gide, Proust, and, most proximately, Genet—whose writing is the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 141–166.
Published: 01 June 2017
... the alienated individualism described by Herman and Weisenburger. Indeed, the refigurative potential of sexual connection expressed by “Victim in a Vacuum!” anticipates gay pornographer John Preston’s recollection of the early gay leather scene, in which “the bonding was profound, it was based on...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 175–208.
Published: 01 June 2009
... “Perversion” suggest that the straight is normal and the gay abnormal is to misunder- stand both culture and language: the ontologically valorized term A [heterosexuality] actually depends for its meaning on the simultaneous subsumption and exclusion of term B [homosexuality...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2017) 63 (4): 507–512.
Published: 01 December 2017
... good spirits, in some future academic forum. Other recent scholarship has productively worked to put Auden in conversation with non-Anglophone literary movements and traditions, though more work might yet be done on his stateside ties to the gay, Jewish, African American, and émigré communities in the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 251–258.
Published: 01 June 2014
..., the reader is left to wonder if the novels are “anti-Nazi” after all. Finally, Spiro’s fourth chapter, “Eventually We’re All Queer: Fascism, Nazism, and Homosexuality” looks at the ways gay and lesbian characters in each novel destabilize sexual norms. Spiro turns to the early twentieth...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 492–515.
Published: 01 December 2011
... the preferred mode of choice for evoking in a manner at once intimate and interior the historical experience of gay individuals in a cli- mate of emotional disenfranchisement and social exclusion. “Through the parsing of attachments,” observes Sarah Brophy, “or the ‘microintimacies of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 263–272.
Published: 01 June 2008
... examines, is magnified in the differences between O ’Hara and Jones on the basis of both race and sexual orientation. As a gay man, O ’Hara demonstrated a sexual attraction to Jones that may or may not have been reciprocated. Starting from this biographical circum­ stance, Epstein traces its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 401–409.
Published: 01 September 2008
..., while Jane De Gay looks at Woolf’s novels and the literary past. Analyzing issues of mourning and trauma, Patricia Moran considers literary resonances of post-traumatic stress disorder, as do contributors to the book edited by David Eberly and myself. The long-delayed publication of Douglas W...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 387–412.
Published: 01 December 2018
... sexuality queer poetics Gossip, though it can be exceedingly interesting when the parties are alive, is not at all interesting when they’re dead. —W. H. Auden (1946) Who could ever think—in particular, at this date, what gay man—that someone’s death ever stopped the elaboration of someone...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 518–526.
Published: 01 December 2018
... about the early gay comics artist Howard Cruse, the founding editor of Gay Comix , the discovery of which was for Bechdel, says Chute, “the single biggest event that sealed her fate as a cartoonist” (357). If the reach of this information feels dizzying in summary, one never feels overwhelmed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2005) 51 (1): 98–104.
Published: 01 March 2005
... of the sixties and seventies (or as early as Hiroshima, as Tom Engelhardt has argued, at least the questioning). Disagreement with the official, triumphalist history, while not always well received—think of the flap over the Smithsonian’s 1995 exhibit of the Enola Gay, which was deemed too...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 702–708.
Published: 01 December 2012
... late 1970s” (146). Given his discussion of James Dean, gay clones, and the anti-establishment practices of the Beats, it is curious that Penner does not include punk culture as an important extension of alternative masculinity and as, in many ways, a reinscription of earlier forms of gendered...