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Queering the Moderns: Poses/Portraits/Performances

Queering the Moderns: Poses/Portraits/Performances by NA NA 0312233272 9780312233273
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InQueering the Moderns, Anne Herrmann revisits the narrative of literary modernism and the historical uses of the term queer to explore the emergence of identities specific to modernism. Queer in the modernist period (1910-1945) means strange, odd, out of sorts and although it begins to refer to those who are queer sexually, it does not yet police a hetero-homosexual divide. It means crossing boundaries in unexpected directions, across the Atlantic, across the color line, across literary conventions that dictate autobiographies cant be written by someone else. Six memoirs that rely on cross-gender and cross-racial identifications are discussed within their specific cultural contexts so that female aviators (Amelia Earhart and Beryl Markham), lesbian auto/biographers (Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein) and male auto-ethnographers (James Weldon Johnson and Earl Lind--Ralph Werther) begin to queer the traditional spaces of modernism.

Author: NA NA

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 206

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2000-01-01

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