The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film: A History and Annotated Bibliography

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In 1953, Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile was published, marking the first time a gay sleuth was featured in a novel. Although nearly ten years would pass before another figure of this kind would appear in print, such characters have increased significantly in the years since. Providing a context for this unique subgenre, scholar Drewey Wayne Gunn examines the history of the gay male sleuth - from its beginnings in that first novel, through the pulp novels of the 60s and 70s, and then into mainstream works ...
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Overview

In 1953, Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile was published, marking the first time a gay sleuth was featured in a novel. Although nearly ten years would pass before another figure of this kind would appear in print, such characters have increased significantly in the years since. Providing a context for this unique subgenre, scholar Drewey Wayne Gunn examines the history of the gay male sleuth - from its beginnings in that first novel, through the pulp novels of the 60s and 70s, and then into mainstream works that continue into the 21st century. In his overview, Gunn argues that the cognitive processes the sleuth must follow in order to solve the mystery function as a paradigm of the stages of self-actualization all gay men go through in order to achieve wholeness. The second part of this volume is an annotated bibliography listing books with gay and bisexual sleuths and secret agents that appeared between 1953 and 2004. Also included are annotated lists of other books of interest (1929-2004), books where the gay sleuth has only a supporting role, does not self-identify as gay (but seems to qualify as homosexual or bisexual), ends up in a homoerotic relationship, or is involved in a more psychological question rather than a true mystery. The third section is an annotated bibliography listing films and videos with gay sleuths that appeared from 1966-2004, along with other films and videos of similar interest, from 1948 to 2004. The author provides a list of relevant critical and bibliographical resources as well as a list of the Lambda Literary Awards finalists from 1988 thru 2004. The index lists all titles, writers, and sleuths. With more than 600 novels, over 100 movies, and nearly 20 television or video series, this is the most comprehensive bibliography ever assembled on this unique subgenre.
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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
With a discussion of more than 600 works of literature and 100 films and nearly 20 television or video series, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is the definitive reference work on this topic, and it belongs in any library whose patrons might be researching this subgenre. This outstanding book is divided into three highly readable and well-organized sections....Along with a superb index, this highly recommended work concludes with two very useful appendixes...
Mystery Scene - Jon L. Breen
This excellent reference offers detailed coverage of writers familiar to mainstream mystery readers....and many more published by specialist gay publishers.
Black Sheep Productions - Josh Aterovis
For mystery buffs or fans of gay literature, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is a must-have. The book is pretty evenly divided between a fascinating look at the gay male sleuth throughout history and a comprehensive bibliography of books featuring gay male sleuths.
Eric Smith
Dr. Gunn has provided us with the definitive reference guide for a fascinating but previously neglected genre of popular culture. This work will serve as a companion for leisure reading and a baseline for future scholarly research.
Professor John Krammer
Through his citations and often-extensive annotations, Professor Gunn provides abundant information about the gay male sleuth in various modes of fictions.
Josh Lanyon
Definitive work destined to be a classic.
Out - Mike Crawmer
...compehensive, detailed and eye-opening...a critical but loving light on a unique world, one populated by rogues and lovers, the closeted and the out, the brave and the fearful, the living and the dead. In other words, a world very much like the one we wake up to every day.
Mystery Scene
This excellent reference offers detailed coverage of writers familiar to mainstream mystery readers....and many more published by specialist gay publishers.
— Jon L. Breen
Independent Gay Writer
For anyone (whether reader or writer) interested in the gay male sleuth as a fictional genre, this books is, by far, the most comprehensive work to date....The book is chockablock with useful and interesting information....Finally, if you're ever in a good mood for a gay detective novel, but you haven't a clue what's 'out there' for your reading pleasure, you need look no farther than Professor Gunn's The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film. It just doesn't get any easier than this.
Reference and Research Book News
Gunn (emeritus, Texas A&M U.) examines representations of the gay male sleuth in print and film, beginning with the 1953 publication of Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile. He goes on to analyze pulp novels of the 1960s and 1970s and more recent mainstream works. The second part of the volume is an annotated bibliography describing over 600 books published between 1953 and 2004 that portray gay and bisexual sleuths and secret agents. Over 100 films and videos are also listed.
Transgender Forum Book Review
The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is a bona-fide invaluable and welcome companion for any mystery buff, including those of us interested in tracking down any transgender existent within that particular genre.
Black Sheep Productions
For mystery buffs or fans of gay literature, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is a must-have. The book is pretty evenly divided between a fascinating look at the gay male sleuth throughout history and a comprehensive bibliography of books featuring gay male sleuths.
— Josh Aterovis, Author of the Killian Kendall Mystery Series
Reviewingtheevidence.Com
There are some books, which you can never resist. You pick it up, just to check something, and an hour later are still browsing happily. Wayne Gunn's The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is one of those books....The breadth and depth of Gunn's research is astonishing. He features more than 600 novels, over 100 films and about 20 TV shows-and you get the distinct feeling he knows each one of these inside-out! This is an important and worthy addition to crime fiction scholarship.
Out
...compehensive, detailed and eye-opening...a critical but loving light on a unique world, one populated by rogues and lovers, the closeted and the out, the brave and the fearful, the living and the dead. In other words, a world very much like the one we wake up to every day.
— Mike Crawmer
Crime Spree Magazine
...excellent new historical overview...
Torso
...a much needed guide....Gunn's book is both accurate and readable, as well as being admirably comprehensive....Any fan of gay mysteries will want to have a copy.
Mystery Scene
This excellent reference offers detailed coverage of writers familiar to mainstream mystery readers....and many more published by specialist gay publishers.
— Jon L. Breen
Out
...compehensive, detailed and eye-opening...a critical but loving light on a unique world, one populated by rogues and lovers, the closeted and the out, the brave and the fearful, the living and the dead. In other words, a world very much like the one we wake up to every day.
— Mike Crawmer
American Reference Books Annual
With a discussion of more than 600 works of literature and 100 films and nearly 20 television or video series, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is the definitive reference work on this topic, and it belongs in any library whose patrons might be researching this subgenre. This outstanding book is divided into three highly readable and well-organized sections....Along with a superb index, this highly recommended work concludes with two very useful appendixes...
Reference and Research Book News
Gunn (emeritus, Texas A&M U.) examines representations of the gay male sleuth in print and film, beginning with the 1953 publication of Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile. He goes on to analyze pulp novels of the 1960s and 1970s and more recent mainstream works. The second part of the volume is an annotated bibliography describing over 600 books published between 1953 and 2004 that portray gay and bisexual sleuths and secret agents. Over 100 films and videos are also listed.
Independent Gay Writer
For anyone (whether reader or writer) interested in the gay male sleuth as a fictional genre, this books is, by far, the most comprehensive work to date....The book is chockablock with useful and interesting information....Finally, if you're ever in a good mood for a gay detective novel, but you haven't a clue what's 'out there' for your reading pleasure, you need look no farther than Professor Gunn's The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film. It just doesn't get any easier than this.
Torso
...a much needed guide....Gunn's book is both accurate and readable, as well as being admirably comprehensive....Any fan of gay mysteries will want to have a copy.
Transgender Forum Book Review
The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is a bona-fide invaluable and welcome companion for any mystery buff, including those of us interested in tracking down any transgender existent within that particular genre.
Black Sheep Productions
For mystery buffs or fans of gay literature, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is a must-have. The book is pretty evenly divided between a fascinating look at the gay male sleuth throughout history and a comprehensive bibliography of books featuring gay male sleuths.
— Josh Aterovis, Author of the Killian Kendall Mystery Series
Reviewingtheevidence.Com
There are some books, which you can never resist. You pick it up, just to check something, and an hour later are still browsing happily. Wayne Gunn's The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is one of those books....The breadth and depth of Gunn's research is astonishing. He features more than 600 novels, over 100 films and about 20 TV shows-and you get the distinct feeling he knows each one of these inside-out! This is an important and worthy addition to crime fiction scholarship.
Crime Spree Magazine
...excellent new historical overview...
American Reference Books Annual
This updated edition of Gunn's original volume provides all new gay male sleuth detectives stories in print and on film that have been published since 2005, as well as includes any titles that were overlooked in the original edition. With a discussion of more than 800 works of literature and 100 films and nearly 20 television or video series, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is the definitive reference work on this topic, and it belongs in any library whose patrons might be researching this subgenre. This outstanding book is divided into three highly readable and well-organized sections....Along with a superb index, this highly recommended work concludes with two very useful appendixes, the first on critical and bibliographic resources and the second on the Lambda Literary Awards for Best Gay Men’s Mystery (1988-2011).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810856813
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/4/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Drewey Wayne Gunn is Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is the author of several articles and books including Mexico in American and British Letters (Scarecrow, 1974) and Tennessee Williams (Scarecrow, 1980; 2nd ed., 1991).
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Part I: Fifty-Two Years of the Gay Male Sleuth: A History Chapter 3 1. Preliminary Observations Chapter 4 2. Pre-Stonewall Pioneers (1953-1969) Chapter 5 3. Trailblazers in a Hedonistic Decade (1970-1980) Chapter 6 4. Pathfinders during a Dark Time (1981-1994) Chapter 7 5. Builders during Years of Loss and Gain Chapter 8 6. Stalwarts versus the Supernatural and Dystopian Schemes (1976-2004) Chapter 9 7. Sleuths in Comics, in Movies, on Television, and on Stage (1964-2004) Chapter 10 8. General Characteristics of the Gay Sleuth Part 11 Part II: The Gay Male Sleuth in Print: A Bibliography Chapter 12 9. Sleuths in Novels, Short Stories, Plays, and Comics (1953-2004) Chapter 13 10. Other Fictional Investigators of Interest (1929-2004) Chapter 14 11. Nonsleuthing Fictional Polic Officers (1966-2004) Part 15 Part III: The Gay Male Sleuth in Film: A Bibliography Chapter 16 12. Sleuths in Movies and on Television Chapter 17 13. Sleuths in Erotic Videos (1973-2004) Chapter 18 14. Other On-Screen Investigators of Interest (1948-2004) Chapter 19 15. Nonsleuthing On-Screen Police Officers (1982-2004) Part 20 Appendix A: Critical and Bibliographical Resources Part 21 Appendix B: Lambda Literary Awards for Best Gay Men's Mystery Part 22 Index Part 23 About the Author
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