Unlimited Embrace: A Canon of Gay Fiction, 1945-1995 - Reed Woodhouse (1998)
ISBN 1558491325
Genre Gay Male Fiction
Subject American fiction - History and criticism; Canon (Literature); Gay men - Books and reading; Gay men - Intellectual life; Gay men in literature; Gay men's writings, American - History and criticism; Homosexuality and literature - History; Literature and society - History
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Publication Date July 1998
Format Hardcover (243 x 165 mm)
Language eng
In this pathbreaking book, a gay literary critic evaluates a half-century of fictional works "by, for, and about" homosexual men and situates them in the context of an emerging American gay culture. Reed Woodhouse shows how the best gay fiction of the period, like all good literature, not only reflected but anticipated social changes that were afoot-from the founding of the first enduring gay rights organizations through the Stonewall riots to the ambiguous mainstreaming of homosexuality that continues today. Written in a personal voice, Unlimited Embrace is as much about gay identity as about gay literature. The canon Woodhouse constructs is not merely a list of gay books worth reading, but a guide to "leading a good life as a gay man" as well. In the fiction of Tennessee Williams, Jams Baldwin, Christopher Isherwood, James Purdy, Edmund White, Andrew Holleran, Larry Kramer, Ethan Mordden, Dennis Cooper, David Leavitt, and Neil Bartlett, Woodhouse finds intimate glimpses of lives previously veiled in euphemism, slander, and contempt and now striving to take new form. More than that, he raises questions about sexual identity and desire, defiance and wit, that are as relevant to straight readers as to gay ones. Although the book ends with a sober consideration of the literary legacy of AIDS, Unlimited Embrace is more celebration thatn lament-an affirmation of the enduring power of literature to shape life.
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LoC Classification PS374.H63W66 1998
Dewey 813/.54099206642
Cover Price $37.50
No. of Pages 338