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The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities

McRuer, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0814755550 / ISBN 13: 9780814755556
Published by New York University Press, New York & London, 1997
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Title: The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American...

Publisher: New York University Press, New York & London

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Like New

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Before the 1969 Stonewall Riots ushered in the contemporary gay liberation movement, overt representations of same-sex desire in American literature and the arts were few and far between. Even in the 1970s, when gay and lesbian cultures began to register on our national consciousness, such work was still quite rare.

In the 1980s and 90s, however, all that changed. The Queer Renaissance puts a name to the unprecedented outpouring of creative work by openly lesbian and gay novelists, poets, and playwrights in the past two decades. This volume is one of the first to analyze critically this cultural awakening and is one of the only books to consider the work of gay male and lesbian writers together. Most importantly, The Queer Renaissance is the first book to consider how this wave of creative activity has worked in tandem with a flourishing of radical queer politics.

The Queer Renaissance explores the work of such important figures as Audre Lorde, Edmund White, Randall Kenan, Gloria Anzalda, Tony Kushner, and Sarah Schulman to question the dichotomy between art and activism. In addition, The Queer Renaissance interrogates the ways queer theory deploys, intersects with, and contests contemporary theoretical movements such as cultural studies, feminist theory, African American theory, and Chicano/a theory.

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Robert McRuer is Professor of English at George Washington University.  He is the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability and The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities (both also available from NYU Press).  With Anna Mollow, he co-edited the anthology Sex and Disability.

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