Chapter 36. Endowed by Their Creator: Queer American Literature

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. David Bergman

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch36

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Bergman, D. (2010) Endowed by Their Creator: Queer American Literature, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch36

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. Towson University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • endowed by their creator - queer American Literature;
  • homosexuality, “sexual inversion,” “Uranianism,” and “contrary sexual feeling”;
  • debate dividing “social constructionists” on one hand from “essentialists” on the other;
  • essentialists emphasizing similarities - manifestations of same-sex relations and social constructivists, placing weight on differences;
  • American literature, inescapably queer - canonical figures of American literature “queer,” outside of traditional gender and sexual boundaries;
  • institution of American literature and condition of queer writing - intersecting;
  • queer writers, in blurring generic lines between autobiography and fiction - Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice;
  • Amy Lowell's poem “A Burnt Offering”;
  • Henry Blake Fuller - privately publishing his rather campy book Bertram Cope's Year (1919);
  • lesbian writing, relying much longer on small alternative feminist presses emerging out of the women's movement

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