Inside/out: Lesbian Theories, Gay Theories

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Psychology Press, 1991 - Social Science - 426 pages
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In the space of a decade, lesbians and gays have gone from coming out to acting up to outing. In the process, they have radically redefined the way society views sex, sexuality and gender. But what does it mean to say one is gay? A dyke? A queen? Queer? Are these descriptions of sexual preference or cries of political protest? The first collection to specifically feature the new theoretical work in lesbian and gay studies, Inside / out challenges the heterocentric foundations of critical scholarship and theories of sexual difference. Written by lesbian and gay thinkers, the essays investigate the complex relations between desires and identifications, libidinal economies and social configurations, political representations and sexual symbolizations. The authors employ a variety of theoretical approaches (psychoanalysis, deconstruction, semiotics and discourse theories) to investigate representations of sex and sexual difference in literature, film, video, music and photography. Looking at divas, dykes, vampires and queens, these analyses address issues of AIDS, pornography, pedagogy, authorship and activism.
 

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Most of the 17 essays presented here were initially delivered in conference paper form at the National Lesbian and Gay Studies Conference or at various professional associations; some were ... Read full review

Contents

Performing Identities
11
The Politics of Gay Drag
32
Who Are We? Gay Identity as Political
71
Representation the Scene
93
Specters Spectators Authors
117
The Haunting
142
A Parallax View of Lesbian Authorship
173
The Author
185
Rock Hudsons Body
259
AIDS Allegory Activism
289
AIDS and the Work
311
Undead
324
Race and Gender on
341
When Pedagogy
373
Schools Out
387
Source Bibliography
405

Homosexuality and the
205
UnCovering The Well
235
List of Contributors
425
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Fuss is Associate Professor of English at Princeton University.

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