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What is it like to andldquo;feel historicalandrdquo;? In Foundlings Christopher Nealon analyzes texts produced by American gay men and lesbians in the first half of the twentieth centuryandmdash;poems by Hart Crane, novels by Willa Cather, gay male physique magazines, and lesbian pulp fiction. Nealon brings these diverse works together by highlighting a coming-of-age narrative he calls andldquo;foundlingandrdquo;andmdash;a term for queer disaffiliation from and desire for family, nation, and history.

and#9;The young runaways in Catherandrsquo;s novels, the way critics conflated Craneandrsquo;s homosexual body with his verse, the suggestive poses and utopian captions of muscle magazines, and Beebo Brinker, the aging butch heroine from Ann Bannonandrsquo;s pulp novelsandmdash;all embody for Nealon the uncertain space between two models of lesbian and gay sexuality. The andldquo;inversionandrdquo; model dominant in the first half of the century held that homosexuals are souls of one gender trapped in the body of another, while the more contemporary andldquo;ethnicandrdquo; model refers to the existence of a distinct and collective culture among gay men and lesbians. Nealonandrsquo;s unique readings, however, reveal a constant movement between these two discursive poles, and not, as is widely theorized, a linear progress from one to the other.

and#9;This startlingly original study will interest those working on gay and lesbian studies, American literature and culture, and twentieth-century history.

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""Foundlings" is a first-rate, innovative, and unprecedented work that will take the literary world by storm. Christopher Nealon proves himself here to be the very best of a new generation of queer theorists."--Judith Butler

""Foundlings" provides a new paradigm for thinking historically and theoretically about the longing for history within gay and lesbian texts. This is not just a stunning addition to queer historiography but also a challenge to the historicist turn in literary and cultural criticism."--Bill Brown, author of "The Material Unconscious: American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economies of Play

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""Foundlings" provides a new paradigm for thinking historically and theoretically about the longing for history within gay and lesbian texts. This is not just a stunning addition to queer historiography but also a challenge to the historicist turn in literary and cultural criticism."--Bill Brown, author of "The Material Unconscious: American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economies of Play"

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An examination of the concept of orphandom in gay and lesbian experience, and how it has been instrumental in defining and mobilizing queer subcultures.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-205) and index.

About the Author

Christopher Nealon is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822326885
Author:
Nealon, Christopher S.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Michele Ainabarale
Author:
le Aina Barale
Author:
Christopher Nealon
Author:
Moon, Michael
Author:
le Aina
Author:
Nealon
Author:
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky
Author:
Barale, Mich&egrave
Author:
Goldberg, Jonathan
Author:
Mich&egrave
Location:
Durham, NC
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Gays
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Homosexuality -- United States.
Subject:
Gays -- United States.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Series Q
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 photos
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.75 x 6.13 in

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Product details 224 pages Duke University Press - English 9780822326885 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , ""Foundlings" is a first-rate, innovative, and unprecedented work that will take the literary world by storm. Christopher Nealon proves himself here to be the very best of a new generation of queer theorists."--Judith Butler

""Foundlings" provides a new paradigm for thinking historically and theoretically about the longing for history within gay and lesbian texts. This is not just a stunning addition to queer historiography but also a challenge to the historicist turn in literary and cultural criticism."--Bill Brown, author of "The Material Unconscious: American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economies of Play

"

"Synopsis" by , ""Foundlings" provides a new paradigm for thinking historically and theoretically about the longing for history within gay and lesbian texts. This is not just a stunning addition to queer historiography but also a challenge to the historicist turn in literary and cultural criticism."--Bill Brown, author of "The Material Unconscious: American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economies of Play"
"Synopsis" by ,
An examination of the concept of orphandom in gay and lesbian experience, and how it has been instrumental in defining and mobilizing queer subcultures.
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