Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Lynne Harne (essay date 1998)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Harne, Lynne. “Beyond Sex and Romance?: Lesbian Relationships in Contemporary Fiction.” In Beyond Sex and Romance?: The Politics of Contemporary Lesbian Fiction, edited by Elaine Hutton, pp. 124-49. London: Women's Press, 1998.

[In the following essay, Harne is critical of early lesbian fiction which tended to portray lesbian relationships as similar to gay or heterosexual ones, and discusses contemporary lesbian fiction that depicts lesbians in a more complex and realistic manner.]

I have been reading lesbian feminist contemporary fiction on and off since the early days of the women's movement in the 1970s. For me as for many other lesbian feminists, such...

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John M. Clum (essay date 2000)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Clum, John M. “Love and War: Gay Drama at the Turn of the Century.” In Still Acting Gay: Male Homosexuality in Modern Drama, pp. 284-316. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

[In the following excerpt, Clum presents an overview of themes in contemporary gay drama, theorizing that there has been an evolution from depicting the impossibility of gay life to presenting realistic portrayals of such a lifestyle.]

In a state of war, as in a state of love, the familiar world is turned upside down, belief systems and values are put to the test, and the body becomes central, vulnerable. Whereas war is intent on destroying the body, love has the...

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Tim Libretti (essay date 2000)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Libretti, Tim. “History and Queer Consciousness: The Dialectics of Gay Identity in U.S. Literature.” In Literature and Homosexuality, edited by Michael J. Meyer, pp. 239-65. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000.

[In the following essay, Libretti discusses various contemporary authors's contributions to the building of gay identity, focusing on a sense of solidarity, identification with other politically-oppressed groups in the U.S., and awareness of parallels between identity and literary representation.]


At one point in his provocative 1977 documentary of the male homosexual underground The Sexual Outlaw, gay...

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