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From Gay to Queer: Gay Male Identity in Selected Fiction by David Leavitt and in Tony Kushner's Play "Angels in America I-II"

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  • ISBN-13: 9783039100347
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 427

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Abbreviations 11
I Introduction 13
1 David Leavitt and Tony Kushner 17
2 Background of Gay/Queer Studies 25
2.1 The Construction of Homosexuality 25
2.2 Gay Studies 32
2.3 Queer Theory 44
3 The Theory and Tradition of Gay Literature 53
3.1 Gay Literary Studies 53
3.2 Case Study: Christopher Marlowe's Edward II 69
II The Construction of Gay Male Identity in David Leavitt's Novels The Lost Language of Cranes and Equal Affections 103
1 The Construction of Gay Male Identity 103
2 'Inside/Out': or, Being Other 113
3 'Coming Out' 124
4 Family Ties 135
5 Mother and Father 143
6 Camp Style 156
7 Relationships 160
III Constructing Gay Male Identity by Reading and Writing: David Leavitt's While England Sleeps 175
1 "Only Connect": Intertextuality and While England Sleeps 175
2 While England Sleeps and E.M. Forster's Howards End and Maurice 185
3 While England Sleeps and Stephen Spender's World Within World 200
4 "Who Touches the Body [...]": Gay Male Sexuality in While England Sleeps 206
IV Memory and Desire: The Fragility of Gay Male Identity in David Leavitt's Arkansas and The Page Turner 217
1 Arkansas and Leavitt's 'Wilde' Side 217
2 The Writer as an Artist 225
3 "How lonely we all were. How terribly lonely." 234
4 The Page Turner: Innocence Revisited 242
5 Repetition and Hollowness 245
6 The Loss of Innocence 254
V Tony Kushner's Angels in America and the Queering of Gay Male Identity 261
1 Tony Kushner's Angels in America 261
2 Background and Structure of Angels in America 267
3 Gay Drama, AIDS, and the American Theater: Rage and Remembrance 271
4 From Gay to Queer 283
5 Queer Identity 296
VI Tony Kushner's Angels in America and America's Past 307
1 America Reassessed and Homosexualized 307
2 Betrayal and the Loss of Language 324
3 Queering Homosexual History 332
4 AIDS and Gay Male Sex Reassessed 341
VII Tony Kushner's Angels in America and Queering the Utopia 355
1 The Apocalypse of Queer People 355
2 Towards a Queer World 368
VIII Conclusion 381
Bibliography 391
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