Hear Us Out: Conversations with Gay Novelists

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Columbia University Press, Aug 7, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 432 pages
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The author of the acclaimed Gay Fiction Speaks brings us new interviews with twelve prominent gay writers who have emerged in the last decade. Hear Us Out demonstrates how in recent decades the canon of gay fiction has developed, diversified, and expanded its audience into the mainstream. Readers will recognize names like Michael Cunningham, whose Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Hours inspired the hit movie; and others like Christopher Bram, Bernard Cooper, Stephen McCauley, and Matthew Stadler. These accounts explore the vicissitudes of writing on gay male themes in fiction over the last thirty years—prejudices of the literary marketplace; social and political questions; the impact of AIDS; commonalities between gay male and lesbian fiction . . . and even some delectable bits of gossip.
 

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Contents

Introduction
ONE Gary Indiana
TWO Bernard Cooper
THREE Christopher Bram
FOUR Michael Cunningham
FIVE Jim Grimsley
SIX Stephen McCauley
ELEVEN Philip Hensher
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Richard Canning is lecturer in English and American literature at Sheffield University. He is author of Gay Fiction Speaks (Columbia, 2001) and writes regularly for The Independent.


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