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The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film: A History and Annotated Bibliography [NOOK Book]

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In The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film (2005), scholar Drewey Wayne Gunn examined the history of gay detectives beginning with the first recognized gay novel, The Heart in Exile, which appeared in 1953. In the years since the original edition's publication, hundreds of novels and short stories in this sub-genre have been produced, and Gunn has unearthed many additional representations previously unrecorded.

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Overview

In The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film (2005), scholar Drewey Wayne Gunn examined the history of gay detectives beginning with the first recognized gay novel, The Heart in Exile, which appeared in 1953. In the years since the original edition's publication, hundreds of novels and short stories in this sub-genre have been produced, and Gunn has unearthed many additional representations previously unrecorded.

In this new edition, Gunn provides an overview of milestones in the development of gay detectives over the last several decades. Also included in this volume is an annotated list of novels, short stories, plays, graphic novels, comic strips, films, and television series with gay detectives, gay sleuths of secondary importance, and non-sleuthing gay policemen. The most complete listing available—including the only listing of early gay pulp novels, present-day male-to-male romances, and erotic films—this new edition brings the work up to date with publications missed in the first edition, particularly cross-genre mysteries, early pulps, and some hard-to-find volumes.

The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film: A History and Annotated Bibliography lists all printed works in English (including translations) presently known to include gay detectives (such as amateur sleuths, police detectives, private investigators, and investigative reporters), from the 1929 play Rope until the present day. It includes all films in English, subtitled or dubbed, from the screen version of Rope in 1948 and the launch of the independent film Spy on the Fly in 1966 through the end of 2011. Complete with two appendices—a bibliography of sources and a list of Lambda Literary Awards—and indexes of titles, detectives, and actors, this extensively revised and updated reference will prove invaluable to mystery collectors, researchers, aficionados of the subgenre, and those devoted to GLBTQ studies.
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Editorial Reviews

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).
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810885899
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 442
  • File size: 764 KB

Meet the Author

Drewey Wayne Gunn is professor emeritus of English at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is the author or editor of eleven books, including Tennessee Williams, 2nd Edition (Scarecrow, 1991) and The Golden Age of Gay Fiction (2009).
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Fifty-two years of the gay male sleuth : a history
1 Preliminary observations 3
2 Pre-stonewall pioneers (1953-1969) 14
3 Trailblazers in a hedonistic decade (1970-1980) 24
4 Pathfinders during a dark time (1981-1994) 44
5 Builders during years of loss and gain (1995-2004) 68
6 Stalwarts versus the supernatural and dystopian schemes (1976-2004) 89
7 Sleuths in comics, in movies, on television, and on stage (1964-2004) 96
8 General characteristics of the gay sleuth 107
Pt. II The gay male sleuth in print : a bibliography
9 Sleuths in novels, short stories, plays, and comics (1953-2004) 117
10 Other fictional investigators of interest (1929-2004) 238
11 Nonsleuthing fictional police officers (1966-2004) 255
Pt. III The gay male sleuth in film : a bibliography
12 Sleuths in movies and on television (1966-2004) 265
13 Sleuths in erotic videos (1973-2004) 278
14 Other on-screen investigators of interest (1948-2004) 286
15 Nonsleuthing on-screen police officers (1982-2004) 293
App Lambda literary awards for best gay men's mystery (1988-2004)
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