Materializing Queer Desire: Oscar Wilde to Andy Warhol


Uses iconic dandy and queer figures to explore relationships between homosexuality, modernism, and modernity.
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Uses iconic dandy and queer figures to explore relationships between homosexuality, modernism, and modernity.
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Editorial Reviews

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“…[a] tantalizing, informative, erudite and resourceful book … Materializing Queer Desire deserves to be read widely and seriously. Its ideas will prove illuminating tools for future critical inquiries in the many corners of GLBT cultural scholarship, and Glick is to be congratulated for such an important first book.” — Gay & Lesbian Review

“It was a pleasure to read Glick’s bold, well-written, and original book. At its heart, the book demonstrates the mutual investment of theories of sexuality and those of the commodity, emphasizing the ways in which the (usually male) gay subject emerges in and within the contradictions of capitalist modernity, particularly between the ostensibly private world of pleasure and consumption and the public domain of production.” — Amy Villarejo, author of Lesbian Rule: Cultural Criticism and the Value of Desire

“I really like how this book traces the persistence of a series of tropes—from decadence to artifice to dandyism—through what we might tentatively call queer modernity. This book also bravely puts its methodological cards on the table from the outset, bringing queer studies and Marxism into productive conversation. It makes a brilliant contribution to modernism and queer studies.” — Kevin Floyd, author of The Reification of Desire: Toward a Queer Marxism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438427263
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2009
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elisa Glick is Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri.

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Table of Contents

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1. The Dialectics of Dandyism

2. The Seductions of Sapphic Decadence

3. Radclyffe Hall and the Lesbian Dandy

4. Harlem’s Queer Dandy and the Artifice of Blackness

5. Gutter Dandyism: The Queer Junkie in Cold War America

6. The Dandy Goes Pop:Andy Warhol’s Queer Commodity Aesthetics

Afterword: The New Dandyism?


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