Come as You are Book

Come as You are


  • Author : Judith Roof
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 0231104375

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Come as You are Excerpt :

On narrative and sexuality.

Outspeak Book

Outspeak


  • Author : Sean P. O'Connell
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2001-01-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0791447375

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Outspeak Excerpt :

Examines the pleasures, perils, and promises of professing one's sexual identity.

Desire and Dramatic Form in Early Modern England Book

Desire and Dramatic Form in Early Modern England


  • Author : Judith Haber
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-04-09
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521518673

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Desire and Dramatic Form in Early Modern England Excerpt :

Haber investigates the intersections of erotic desire and dramatic form in works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster, Middleton, Ford, and Cavendish.

Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth Century England and France Book

Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth Century England and France


  • Author : Chris Roulston
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-22
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317090670

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Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth Century England and France Excerpt :

In the eighteenth century, when the definition of marriage was shifting from one based on an hierarchical model to one based on notions of love and mutuality, marital life came under a more intense cultural scrutiny. This led to paradoxical forms of representation of marriage as simultaneously ideal and unlivable. Chris Roulston analyzes how, as representations of married life increased, they challenged the traditional courtship model, offering narratives based on repetition rather than progression. Beginning with English and French marital advice literature, which appropriated novelistic conventions at the same time that it cautioned readers about the dangers of novel reading, she looks at representations of ideal marriages in Pamela II and The New Heloise. Moving on from these ideal domestic spaces, bourgeois marriage is then problematized by the discourse of empire in Sir George Ellison and Letters of Mistress Henley, by troublesome wives in works by Richardson and Samuel de Constant, and by abusive husbands in works by Haywood, Edgeworth, Genlis and Restif de la Bretonne. Finally, the alternative marriage narrative, in which the adultery motif is incorporated into the marriage itself, redefines the function of heteronormativity. In exploring the theoretical issues that arise during this transitional period for married life and the marriage plot, Roulston expands the debates around the evolution of the modern couple.

Luxurious Sexualities Book

Luxurious Sexualities


  • Author : Jean Howard
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2005-08-12
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134718580

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Luxurious Sexualities Excerpt :

Luxurious Sexualities contains some of the most path- breaking adventurous critical writing currently to be found in Britain. Focusing on eighteenth century sexuality it is intriguing, controversial and provoking. Textual Practice contains articles relating to women, popular culture, visual media, and ethnic and sexual minorities.

Rereading Heterosexuality Book

Rereading Heterosexuality


  • Author : Rachel Carroll
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-04-04
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 9780748649082

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Rereading Heterosexuality Excerpt :

Heterosexuality in contemporary novels, re-examined using the frameworks of feminism and queer theory. Drawing on feminist and queer theories of sex, gender and sexuality, this study focuses on female identities at odds with heterosexual norms. In particular, it explores narratives in which the conventional equation between heterosexuality, reproductive sexuality and female identity is questioned.

The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature Book

The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature


  • Author : Scott Herring
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-26
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 279
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107046498

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The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature Excerpt :

"Writing anything definitive about the queer American novel will always be unsatisfying, if not impossible. Unsatisfying, because the romances they contain are uncertain and, quite often, doomed: heartbreak, violence, and persecution pepper nearly every page. Impossible, because the genre's terrain is as vast and uncertain as America itself: the spaces, the characters, plots, ideas, and dynamics - too varied. The minute you say one thing, you could say another. And perhaps that might be the point. As one character from Djuna Barnes's lesbian novel Nightwood puts it, "With an American anything can be done.'"1 We could say the same about the queer American novel. If there is anything consistently connecting this genre, it is that it features, however obliquely, the effects characters (usually American, but not always) have as they seek reasons for why they have sexual feelings for those that are not obvious or traditional object choices. Frequently, these effects instruct characters in their pursuit of self-knowledge and self-understanding, especially if others have pathologized their desires (and America has and does pathologize its queers). In her autobiographical graphic memoir Fun Home, Alison Bechdel tells a story of a variety of discoveries that books, explicitly queer or not, can inspire. During the same afternoon when she acknowledges that she is a "lesbian," she also finds herself asking a professor to let her take his course on James Joyce's Ulysses - her father's favorite book. As we move from the captions and the meticulous, stylized drawings, canonical books acquire an increasingly important role: books become guides to how Bechdel will affect "a convergence" with her "abstracted father.""--

Religion and Sexuality Book

Religion and Sexuality


  • Author : Michael A. Hayes
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-10-06
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474281874

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Religion and Sexuality Excerpt :

This volume on a provocative set of topics presents papers from the 1997 conference on Religion and Sexuality at Roehampton Institute London. The papers do not confine themselves to contemporary discussion of the topics concerned, but range widely in their discourse and discuss this relationship in social, theological and political contexts.

Adulthood and Other Fictions Book

Adulthood and Other Fictions


  • Author : Sari Edelstein
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2019-02-10
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198831884

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Adulthood and Other Fictions Excerpt :

While the field of childhood studies has blossomed in recent years, few scholars have taken up the question of age more broadly as a lens for reading American literature. Adulthood and Other Fictions shows how a diverse array of nineteenth-century writers, thinkers, and artists responded to the rise of chronological age in social and political life. Over the course of the century, age was added to the census; schools were organized around age groups; birthday cards were mass-produced; geriatrics became a medical specialty. Adulthood and Other Fictions reads American literature as a rich, critical account of this modern culture of age, and it examines how our most well-known writers registeredand often resistedage expectations, particularly as they applied to women and people of color. More than simply adding age to the list of identity categories that have become de rigeur sites of scholarly attention, Adulthood and Other Fictions argues that these other measures of social location (race, gender, sexuality, class) are largely legible through the seemingly more natural and essential identity defined by age. That is, longstanding cultural ideals about maturity and development anchor ideologies of heterosexuality, race, nationalism, and capitalism, and in this sense, age rhetoric serves as one of our most pervasive disciplinary discourses. Writers including Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Henry James anticipated the ageism of our moment, but they also recognized how age norms both structure and limit the lives of individuals at all points on the age continuum. Ultimately, the volume argues for an intersectional understanding of age that challenges the celebration of independence and autonomy imbricated in US fantasies of adulthood and in American identity itself.

 Evil  Arabs in American Popular Film Book

Evil Arabs in American Popular Film


  • Author : Tim Jon Semmerling
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2006-09-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 9780292713413

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Evil Arabs in American Popular Film Excerpt :

The "evil" Arab has become a stock character in American popular films, playing the villain opposite American "good guys" who fight for "the American way." It's not surprising that this stereotype has entered American popular culture, given the real-world conflicts between the United States and Middle Eastern countries, particularly since the oil embargo of the 1970s and continuing through the Iranian hostage crisis, the first and second Gulf Wars, and the ongoing struggle against al-Qaeda. But when one compares the "evil" Arab of popular culture to real Arab people, the stereotype falls apart. In this thought-provoking book, Tim Jon Semmerling further dismantles the "evil" Arab stereotype by showing how American cultural fears, which stem from challenges to our national ideologies and myths, have driven us to create the "evil" Arab Other. Semmerling bases his argument on close readings of six films (The Exorcist, Rollover, Black Sunday, Three Kings, Rules of Engagement, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut), as well as CNN's 9/11 documentary America Remembers. Looking at their narrative structures and visual tropes, he analyzes how the films portray Arabs as threatening to subvert American "truths" and mythic tales—and how the insecurity this engenders causes Americans to project evil character and intentions on Arab peoples, landscapes, and cultures. Semmerling also demonstrates how the "evil" Arab narrative has even crept into the documentary coverage of 9/11. Overall, Semmerling's probing analysis of America's Orientalist fears exposes how the "evil" Arab of American popular film is actually an illusion that reveals more about Americans than Arabs.

Palatable Poison Book

Palatable Poison


  • Author : Laura L. Doan
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN 10 : 0231118759

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Palatable Poison Excerpt :

The Well of Loneliness was released in Britain in 1928 and was immediately controversial. This text gathers together classic essays on the book to provide an understanding of how views have changed.

Families We Choose Book

Families We Choose


  • Author : Kath Weston
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 0231110936

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Families We Choose Excerpt :

This study brings together two areas of investigation: relationships of gay and lesbian individuals with their biological families, and lesbian and gay relationships in the context of research on alternative forms of family.

Modernist Time Ecology Book

Modernist Time Ecology


  • Author : Jesse Matz
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2018-12-03
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781421427003

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Modernist Time Ecology Excerpt :

Modernist Time Ecology is a deeply interdisciplinary book that changes what we think literature and the arts can do for the world at large.

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory Book

The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory


  • Author : Matthew Garrett
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-10-31
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108428477

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The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory Excerpt :

Narrative theory is essential to everything from history to lyric poetry, from novels to the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Narrative theory explores how stories work and how we make them work. This Companion is both an introduction and a contribution to the field. It presents narrative theory as an approach to understanding all kinds of cultural production: from literary texts to historiography, from film and videogames to philosophical discourse. It takes the long historical view, outlines essential concepts, and reflects on the way narrative forms connect with and rework social forms. The volume analyzes central premises, identifies narrative theory's feminist foundations, and elaborates its significance to queer theory and issues of race. The specially commissioned essays are exciting to read, uniting accessibility and rigor, traditional concerns with a renovated sense of the field as a whole, and analytical clarity with stylistic dash. Topical and substantial, The Cambridge Companion to Narrative Theory is an engaging resource on a key contemporary concept.

Queer Dickens Book

Queer Dickens


  • Author : Holly Furneaux
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-12-10
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 293
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199566099

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Queer Dickens Excerpt :

This book offers a radically new reading of Dickens. It argues that, rather than representing a largely conventional, conservative view of sexuality and gender, his corpus is distinctly queer, displaying a fascination with the diversity of gender roles, the expandability of notions of the family, and the multiplicity of sexual desire.