Synopses & Reviews
This engaging collection poses the question, Can straight people think queer?
Straight with a Twist offers a refreshing look at the relation between queer theory and critical examinations of the construction of heterosexuality. Seeking to proliferate the findings and insights of queer theory, contributors explore the issue of whether and how queer theory can speak for and include the straight.
In some of the ways that men have learned from feminism to interrogate the construction of masculinity, straights are learning from queer theory to interrogate constructions of straightness, to question their place in those constructions, and to make critical interventions into the institutional reproduction of the heterosexual norm. Straight with a Twist responds to the formulations of some of the leading figures in queer theory, considers demonstrations of the queer in television programs ("Seinfeld, " for example) and contemporary films, and explores to what extent and in what ways literary texts from Shakespeare to Dorothy Allison are open to queer interpretation.
Table of Contents
Straight with a twist: queer theory and the subject of heterosexuality / Calvin Thomas -- In theory if not in practice: straight feminism's lesbian experience / Jacqueline Foertsch -- How I became a queer heterosexual / Clyde Smith -- Staging the self: queer theory in the composition classroom / Lauren Smith -- "Kissing the boar:" queer Adonis and critical practice / Goran Stanivukovic -- Robert Audley's secret: male homosocial desire and "going straight" in Lady Audley's Secret / Richard Nemesavari -- Cross-confessing: Updike's erect faith in A month of Sundays / John N. Duvall -- The fascination of the lesbian fetish: a perverse possibility across the body of Dorothy Allison's Bastard out of Carolina / Mary M. Wiles -- "Not that there's anything wrong with that": reading the queer in Seinfeld / Katherine Gantz -- Mediating the taboo: the straight lesbian gaze / Jane Garrity -- Undressing crazy Jane: queer acts from Yeats to Hollywood and mine / Joseph O. Aimone.