William S. Burroughs is consistently thought of as a novelist who is gay, rather than a gay novelist. This distinction is slight, yet remarkable, since it has meant that Burroughs has been excluded from the gay canon and from the scope of queer theory. In this book, Jamie Russell offers a queer reading of Burrough's novels. He explores how the novels of Burroughs can be seen as a sustained attempt to offer a very personal rethinking of gay subjectivity, and as an attempt to overturn stereotypes of gay men as effeminate. Yet in his celebration and appropriation of some of the most violent, misogynistic, and effeminaphobic elements of heterosexually identified masculinity, Burroughs's life and writing suggests a subjectivity which has been deeply troubling to many in the gay community.
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'...Convincing and compelling...accessible and understandable to any educated general reader. The prose is engaging, supple, fluid, readable, and clear. I think the moment for this book is here right now; it illuminates the paradox of perhaps the most out and queer writer in American culture being somehow excluded from most queer canons. Russell's theory explains more of Burroughs than anything else I have read. A well-written, thoroughgoing, excellent piece of scholarship which breaks new ground by relating Burroughs to queer theory...' - Bill Savage, Northwestern University
'...informative and discriminating book...' - Choice
JAMIE RUSSELL is a lecturer in English and a freelance journalist. He lives in London.
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Descrizione libro Palgrave Macmillan, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0312239238
Descrizione libro Palgrave Macmillan, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. First Edition. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0312239238
Descrizione libro St Martins P, 2001. Condizione libro: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 84835
Descrizione libro Palgrave Macmillan, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110312239238
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