Finding criticism on gay and lesbian literature and information about gay and lesbian authors is, while infinitely easier than 10 years ago, still challenging. This reader's companion provides an overview of the whole field. Summers is a professor of English at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, and the author of numerous articles and books, including "Gay Fictions, Wilde to Stonewall: Studies in a Homosexual Literary Tradition" (1990)
"Heritage" contains nearly 400 alphabetically arranged essays by more than 150 scholars. These are of three types: overviews of national or ethnic literatures (e.g., "African Literatures", "Jewish-American Literature"), topical and genre entries (e.g., "Modernism", "Science Fiction and Fantasy", "Young Adult Literature"), and essays on individual authors, not all of them gay or lesbian. The more than 200 entries on authors tend to be brief; the national and topical entries are from four to a dozen pages in length. All entries conclude with bibliographies. Frequent cross-references are useful for locating related topics or further discussions of particular authors. An index notes all mentions of authors and topics
This book does not make the criteria for inclusion explicit. As noted in the introduction, it is not comprehensive and the editor admits a bias in favor of English and American literary traditions, though all parts of the world and all time periods are touched on. Examples of authors omitted include Romaine Brooks, Bryher, Robert Chesley, Cheryl Clark, Melvin Dixon, David B. Feinberg, Charles Henri Ford, Lee Lynch, John Osborne, and David Zane
Spanning antiquity ("Plato") to the present ("Fierstein, Harvey"), this volume covers more territory than any other compilation to date. Sharon Malinowski's "Gay & Lesbian Literature" ["RBB" Jl 94] is a compilation of biographical and critical information on more than 200 authors who have figured prominently in gay and lesbian literature since 1900. It also does not profess to be comprehensive. However, criteria for inclusion are clearly stated: the gay and lesbian thematic content of a writer's work and not sexual identity
"The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage" will contribute to a greater understanding of the multifaceted enterprise we call literature. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
A transcultural and transhistorical reference that provides overviews of the gay and lesbian presence in a variety of literatures and historical periods, in-depth critical essays on gay and lesbian authors in world literature, and coverage of topics and figures important in appreciating the rich and varied gay and lesbian literary traditions. Included are some 400 alphabetically arranged and signed entries on authors from Ackerly, J.R. (1896-1967) to Zapata, Luis (b.1951) and topics from Aestheticism to Young adult literature. Extensively cross-referenced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)