Cultural Politics-- Queer Reading

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 104 pages
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This is a challenge to the assumptions that have shaped English literature. It offers an investigation of the principles and practice and a compelling argument for intellectual allegiances beyond the academy.Following on from a first publication that generated massive wide-spread debates, Cultural Politics - Queer Reading is a bold and enduring study on the future of critical theory and the role of gender, ethnic and cultures within academic literary studies.An illuminating new introduction, written for this edition, revisits the book's agenda for a new form of cultural critique and a truly political lesbian and gay studies and Sinfield renews his call for an 'Englit' that incorporates ongoing study of the cultures of ethnicity, gender and sexuality.Challenging the assumptions that have shaped the study of English literature, Sinfield engages provocatively with topics such as:· the gendering of literary culture· the sexual politics of psychoanalysis during the Cold War· the history of cultural materialismand discusses principal figures such as William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Walt Whitman, Arthur Miller, Holly Hughes, Audre Lorde and Jeanette Winterson.This is a broadly influential investigation of the principles and practice that may form dissident reading, and a compelling argument for intellectual allegiances beyond the academy.
 

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Contents

Shakespeare and Dissident Reading
1
Art as Cultural Production
21
UnAmerican Activities
40
Beyond Englit
60

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Alan Sinfield has taught mainly at the University of Sussex. There he co-founded the lesbian and gay studies program Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change in 1990. He is one of the most controversial academics in English, Literary and Cultural Studies and has lectured widely in Europe and North America. Until recently he was Editor of our hugely influential journal Textual Practice.

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