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The Resource Middlebrow queer : Christopher Isherwood in America, Jaime Harker

Middlebrow queer : Christopher Isherwood in America, Jaime Harker

Label
Middlebrow queer : Christopher Isherwood in America
Title
Middlebrow queer
Title remainder
Christopher Isherwood in America
Statement of responsibility
Jaime Harker
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"How could one write about gay life for the mainstream public in Cold War America? Many midcentury gay American writers, hampered by external and internal censors, never managed to do it. But Christopher Isherwood did, and what makes his accomplishment more remarkable is that while he was negotiating his identity as a gay writer, he was reinventing himself as an American one. Jaime Harker shows that Isherwood refashioned himself as an American writer following his emigration from England by immersing himself in the gay reading, writing, and publishing communities in Cold War America. Drawing extensively on Isherwood's archives, including manuscript drafts and unpublished correspondence with readers, publishers, and other writers, Middlebrow Queer demonstrates how Isherwood mainstreamed gay content for heterosexual readers in his postwar novels while also covertly writing for gay audiences and encouraging a symbiotic relationship between writer and reader. The result--in such novels as The World in the Evening, Down There on a Visit, A Single Man, and A Meeting by the River--was a complex, layered form of writing that Harker calls "middlebrow camp," a mode that extended the boundaries of both gay and middlebrow fiction. Weaving together biography, history, and literary criticism, Middlebrow Queer traces the continuous evolution of Isherwood's simultaneously queer and American postwar authorial identity."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harker, Jaime
Dewey number
823/.912
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6017.S5
LC item number
Z675 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Isherwood, Christopher
  • Homosexuality in literature
  • Gay culture in literature
  • Homosexuality and literature
  • Literature and society
  • Gay men
Label
Middlebrow queer : Christopher Isherwood in America, Jaime Harker
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-200) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Christopher and his readers -- Isherwood's American incarnation and the gay protest novel -- "Too queer to be Quaker": gay protest and camp -- "Fagtrash": pulp paperbacks and Cold War queer readers -- Sixties' literature and the ascension of camp middlebrow -- "A delicious purgatory": sex and "salvation" -- Secret agents and gay identity: Cold War queerness -- Spiritual trash: Hindus, homos, and gay pulp -- Christopher Isherwood, gay liberation, and the question of style
Control code
814529365
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780816679133
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012038000
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)814529365
Label
Middlebrow queer : Christopher Isherwood in America, Jaime Harker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-200) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Christopher and his readers -- Isherwood's American incarnation and the gay protest novel -- "Too queer to be Quaker": gay protest and camp -- "Fagtrash": pulp paperbacks and Cold War queer readers -- Sixties' literature and the ascension of camp middlebrow -- "A delicious purgatory": sex and "salvation" -- Secret agents and gay identity: Cold War queerness -- Spiritual trash: Hindus, homos, and gay pulp -- Christopher Isherwood, gay liberation, and the question of style
Control code
814529365
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780816679133
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012038000
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)814529365

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