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The Cambridge History of Queer American Literature

Author(s): Edited by Benjamin Kahan

ISBN: 9781108843454
Publication Date: 6/6/24
Pages: 924
Format: Hardback
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Moby-Dick's Ishmael and Queequeg share a bed, Janie in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God imagines her tongue in another woman's mouth. And yet for too long there has not been a volume that provides an account of the breadth and depth of queer American literature. This landmark volume provides the first expansive history of this literature from its inception to the present day, offering a narrative of how American literary studies and sexuality studies became deeply entwined and what they can teach each other. It examines how American literature produces and is in turn woven out of sexualities, gender pluralities, trans-ness, erotic subjectivities, and alternative ways of inhabiting bodily morphology. In so doing, the volume aims to do nothing less than revise the ways in which we understand the whole of American literature. It will be an indispensable resource for scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates.

  • Offers a comprehensive history of queer American literature for the first time
  • Provides a history of the entwinement between American literary studies and sexuality studies
  • Bridges some of the divides between queer theory and queer of color critique