Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion before Stonewall

Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion before Stonewall

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Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion before Stonewall by Christopher Nealon

What is it like to “feel historical”? In Foundlings Christopher Nealon analyzes texts produced by American gay men and lesbians in the first half of the twentieth century—poems by Hart Crane, novels by Willa Cather, gay male physique magazines, and lesbian pulp fiction. Nealon brings these diverse works together by highlighting a coming-of-age narrative he calls “foundling”—a term for queer disaffiliation from and desire for family, nation, and history.
The young runaways in Cather’s novels, the way critics conflated Crane’s homosexual body with his verse, the suggestive poses and utopian captions of muscle magazines, and Beebo Brinker, the aging butch heroine from Ann Bannon’s pulp novels—all embody for Nealon the uncertain space between two models of lesbian and gay sexuality. The “inversion” model dominant in the first half of the century held that homosexuals are souls of one gender trapped in the body of another, while the more contemporary “ethnic” model refers to the existence of a distinct and collective culture among gay men and lesbians. Nealon’s unique readings, however, reveal a constant movement between these two discursive poles, and not, as is widely theorized, a linear progress from one to the other.
This startlingly original study will interest those working on gay and lesbian studies, American literature and culture, and twentieth-century history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822380610
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 09/17/2001
Series: Series Q
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 895 KB

About the Author

Christopher Nealon is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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