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Gothic, in a sense, has always been 'queer'. This book illustrates the rich critical complexity which is involved in reading texts through queer theories. It provides a queer reading of such early Gothic romances as William Beckford's Vathek, Matthew Gregory Lewis's The Monk, and Charles Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer. Building upon critical trend of desire between men, the book examines Frankenstein's engagement with sexual rhetoric in the early nineteenth century. It explores some ways in which the signifying practices of queerness are written into the language and, therefore, the signifying practices of Gothic fiction. Teleny's apparently medicalised representation of homosexual erotic love contains some strikingly Gothic elements. The book examines how the courtroom drama of the E. M. Forster's A Passage to India focuses on the monstrous possibility of miscegenation, an Indian accused of raping an Englishwoman. Antonia White's Frost in May can be contextualised to the concept of the 'lesbian Gothic', which helpfully illuminates the representation of adolescent female subjectivity and sexuality. Same-sex desire is represented indirectly through sensuous descriptions of the female body and intertextual allusions to other erotic texts. The book considers how the vampire has become an ambivalent emblem of gay sexuality in late twentieth-century Gothic fiction by examining Interview with the Vampire and Lost Souls. The understanding of the Gothic and queer theory in a pop video is achieved by considering how Michael Jackson's use of the Gothic in Thriller and Ghosts queers the temporality of childhood.

Queer As Folk and the geo-ideological inscription of gay sexuality
Peter Billingham

In this essay I explore the ways in which, within a geo-ideological analysis of the controversial Channel 4 drama series Queer As Folk, one may view fundamental issues regarding the politics of the representation of gay sexuality. My use of a popular cultural colloquialism, ‘kinky sex’, is deliberately, ironically provocative. Within that term are potent subtextual signifiers of erotic otherness and exotic marginalised positions: the ‘kink’ is simultaneously ‘bent’ (a diminutive pejorative of homosexuals) whilst, as a deviation from a restrictive normative

in Popular television drama
Value and fantasy in Hollinghurst’s house of fiction
Geoff Gilbert

This chapter offers a reading of The Line of Beauty, and a reconsideration of The Swimming Pool Library. It begins with the feeling of inhabiting his novels, where the pleasure and excitement of being within his sentences resonates with the ‘scenes’ of his novels: the rich comfort of being within lucid and solidly imagined spaces, and the complex relation of gay sexuality to that pleasure. The edge given to craftsmanlike sentences, and the alert, desiring gaze around beautifully-made and -furnished buildings, signal what is unusual in Hollinghurst’s relation to tradition. They recognise, the chapter argues, that tradition is constantly estranged by the status of built spaces as property, and the capture of property by the mechanisms of value. Hollinghurst writes during and about the London property booms, structuring the fantasies through which we apprehend our subjectivities and their scenes. This chapter thus supplements a realist moral exploration of the traps of desire and aesthetic pleasure with a reading of Hollinghurst’s modernist attention to the fields of value and fantasy.

in Alan Hollinghurst
Nicholas Bamforth

practising Catholics, such arguments may well appear rather negative. Generally, lesbians and gay men argue that a real positive moral good can be associated with lesbian and gay sexuality in general, and with committed sexual and/or emotional relationships of any type: and, from this perspective, that the law should support rather merely tolerate their relationships.5 To this extent, Charles Curran’s defence of same-sex relationships neatly highlights the clash between religious and secular reasoning about human rights: he is defending such relationships with a weather

in Religion and rights
Jonathan Bignell and Stephen Lacey

status as an authored intervention in debates about the representation of homosexuality, and specifically the social position of gay men in the community of Manchester’s city-centre ‘gay village’. As Billingham shows, the programme drew on Channel 4’s institutional remit to address new configurations of audience, to represent hitherto under represented social groups and to debate the terms in which gay sexuality and its subcultural expressions could be given a place in prime time. By exploiting the specific cultural geography of Manchester’s Canal Street, which

in Popular television drama
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Queer theory, literature and the politics of sameness
Author: Ben Nichols

In its contributions to the study of material social differences, queer theoretical writing has mostly assumed that any ideas which embody 'difference' are valuable. More than this, where it is invoked in contemporary theory, queerness is often imagined as synonymous with difference itself. This book uncovers an alternative history in queer cultural representation. Through engagement with works from a range of queer literary genres from across the long twentieth century – fin-de-siècle aestheticism, feminist speculative fiction, lesbian middle-brow writing, and the tradition of the stud file – the book elucidates a number of formal and thematic attachments to ideas that have been denigrated in queer theory for their embodiment of sameness: uselessness, normativity, reproduction and reductionism. Exploring attachments to these ideas in queer culture is also the occasion for a broader theoretical intervention: Same Old suggests, counterintuitively, that the aversion they inspire may be of a piece with how homosexuality has been denigrated in the modern West as a misguided orientation towards sameness. Combining queer cultural and literary history, sensitive close readings and detailed genealogies of theoretical concepts, Same Old encourages a fundamental rethinking of some of the defining positions in queer thought.

Place, space and discourse
Editors: Christine Agius and Dean Keep

Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

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Writing American sexual histories
Author: Barry Reay

The archive has assumed a new significance in the history of sex, and this book visits a series of such archives, including the Kinsey Institute’s erotic art; gay masturbatory journals in the New York Public Library; the private archive of an amateur pornographer; and one man’s lifetime photographic dossier on Baltimore hustlers. The subject topics covered are wide-ranging: the art history of homoeroticism; casual sex before hooking-up; transgender; New York queer sex; masturbation; pornography; sex in the city. The duality indicated by the book’s title reflects its themes. It is an experiment in writing an American sexual history that refuses the confines of identity sexuality studies, spanning the spectrum of queer, trans, and the allegedly ‘normal’. What unites this project is a fascination with sex at the margins, refusing the classificatory frameworks of heterosexuality and homosexuality, and demonstrating gender and sexual indecision and flexibility. And the book is also an exploration of the role of the archive in such histories. The sex discussed is located both in the margins of the archives, what has been termed the counterarchive, but also, importantly, in the pockets of recorded desire located in the most traditional and respectable repositories. The sexual histories in this book are those where pornography and sexual research are indistinguishable; where personal obsession becomes tomorrow’s archive. The market is potentially extensive: those interested in American studies, sexuality studies, contemporary history, the history of sex, psychology, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, queer studies, trans studies, pornography studies, visual studies, museum studies, and media studies.

Paul R. Deslandes

the aesthetically appealing male face and body continued as the magazine underwent title changes through the latter part of the 1970s and the early 1980s. As Alan Purnell began to undertake new entrepreneurial ventures that catered to the desires of gay men for more ./figures/ and material that celebrated gay sexuality, the magazine began to address not only portrayals of men in print pornography but also in gay films. When Purnell introduced his 1977 film Hard Dollar Hustler to readers of Him International he began with a bit of boasting which he undoubtedly

in British queer history
The inflection of desire in Yvonne Vera and Tsitsi Dangarembga
Elleke Boehmer

centre of this chapter, Dangarembga and Vera herself constitute for my purposes a strategic pairing: as Zimbabwe’s two most prominent women writers they are also linked in their contemporaneity. Neither has, admittedly, explicitly addressed gay sexuality in her work, no doubt for some of the social reasons outlined. I have chosen them, however, because both writers have in noted ways widened the boundaries of what it is possible to say about women, their desires, phobias and aspirations, as the quotations above suggested. As I will explain further, my definition of

in Stories of women