Best Gay & Lesbian Literary Criticism Books

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1. Desire/Love

Author: by Lauren Berlant
142 pages

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There is nothing more alienating than having your pleasures disputed by someone with a theory, writes Lauren Berlant. Yet the ways in which we live sexuality and intimacy have been profoundly shaped by theories especially psychoanalytic ones, which have helped to place sexuality and desire at the center of the modern story about what a person is and how her history should be read.

At the same time, other modes of explanation have been offered by popular and mass culture. In these domains, sexual desire is not deemed the core story of life; it is mixed up with romance, a particular version of the story of love.

In this small theoretical novella-cum-dictionary entry, Lauren Berlant engages love and desire in separate entries. In the first entry, Desire mainly describes the feeling one person has for something else: it is organized by psychoanalytic accounts of attachment, and tells briefly the history of their importance in critical theory and practice.

The second entry, on Love, begins with an excursion into fantasy, moving away from the parent-child structure so central to psychoanalysis and looking instead at the centrality of context, environment, and history. The entry on Love describes some workings of romance across personal life and commodity culture, the place where subjects start to think about fantasy on behalf of their actual lives.

2. Motel of the Mysteries

Author: by David Macaulay
Clarion Books
96 pages

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It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandoned excavation site he felt the ground give way beneath him and found himself at the bottom of a shaft, which, judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob, was clearly the entrance to a still-sealed burial chamber.

Carson’s incredible discoveries, including the remains of two bodies, one of then on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber, permitted him to piece together the whole fabric of that extraordinary civilization.

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition

Author: by Oscar Wilde
304 pages

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The Picture of Dorian Gray altered the way Victorians understood the world they inhabited. It heralded the end of a repressive Victorianism, and after its publication, literature hadin the words of biographer Richard Ellmann”;a different look.”; Yet the Dorian Gray that Victorians never knew was even more daring than the novel the British press condemned as “;vulgar,”; “;unclean,”; “;poisonous,”; “;discreditable,”; and “;a sham.”; Now, more than 120 years after Wilde handed it over to his publisher, J.B.

Lippincott & Company, Wilde’s uncensored typescript is published for the first time, in an annotated, extensively illustrated edition. The novel’s first editor, J.M. Stoddart, excised materialespecially homosexual contenthe thought would offend his readers’ sensibilities. When Wilde enlarged the novel for the 1891 edition, he responded to his critics by fur

4. Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric

Author: by Ward Farnsworth
David R. Godine, Publisher
256 pages

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I must refrain from shouting what a brilliant work this is (prteritio). Farnsworth has written the book as he ought to have written it and as only he could have written it (symploce). Buy it and read it buy it and read it (epimone).Bryan A.

Garner, Garner’s Modern English UsageEveryone speaks and writes in patterns. Farnsworth is your guide to patterns known as rhetorical figures that can make your words more emphatic, memorable, and effective. This book details the timeless principles of rhetoric from Ancient Greece to the present day, drawing on examples in the English language of consummate masters of prose, such as Lincoln, Churchill, Dickens, Melville, and Burke.

Most rhetorical figures amount to departures from simple and literal statement, such as repeating words, putting words into an unexpected order, leaving out words that might have been expected, asking questions and then answering them. All apply to the composition of a simple sentence or paragraphrepetition and variety, suspense and relief, concealment and surprise, the creation of expectations and then the satisfaction or frustration of them.

5. 30 Days of Sex Talks for Ages 3-7: Empowering Your Child with Knowledge of Sexual Intimacy

Author: by Educate and Empower Kids
Educate & Empower Kids
104 pages

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Written by parents and reviewed by professionals, 30 Days of Sex Talks makes it simple for you and your child to talk about sex in the context in which it belongs; as part of a healthy relationship that also includes joy, laughter and the full range of emotion that defines human intimacy.

We’ve broken down the talk into 30 uncomplicated chats to make it simple for you to engage in these critical conversations with your young child. Starting with My Body Belongs to Me, and moving into other protective information such as I have Instincts that Keep Me Safe, and Boundaries.

We have also included dialogues on important topics such as affection, anatomy, respecting others, predators, romantic love, and online dangers. Using the numerous questions, conversation starters, and in-depth glossary we have provided, you can launch these essential talks with your child and interject your personal thoughts, feelings and cultural beliefs.

The 30 Days Books also contain downloadable, bonus content. Included with this book is a code that will allow you to download topic cards which can be printed and placed in strategic locations, such as a mirror, refrigerator or in your pocket, to remind you and your child to start talking!

6. On Not Being Someone Else: Tales of Our Unled Lives

Author: by Andrew H. Miller
Harvard University Press

232 pages

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A captivating book about the emotional and literary power of the lives we might have lived had our chances or choices been different. We each live one life, formed by paths taken and untaken. Choosing a job, getting married, deciding on a place to live or whether to have childrenevery decision precludes another.

But what if you’d gone the other way? It can be a seductive thought, even a haunting one.Andrew H. Miller illuminates this theme of modern culture: the allure of the alternate self. From Robert Frost to Sharon Olds, Virginia Woolf to Ian McEwan, Jane Hirshfield to Carl Dennis, storytellers of every stripe write of the lives we didn’t have.

What forces encourage us to think this way about ourselves, and to identify with fictional and poetic voices speaking from the shadows of what might have been? Not only poets and novelists, but psychologists and philosophers have much to say on this question.

Miller finds wisdom in all these sources, revealing the beauty, the power, and the struggle of our unled lives. In an elegant and provocative rumination, he lingers with other selves, listening to what they say. Peering down the path not taken can be frightening, but it has its rewards.

7. Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling

Author: by Philip Pullman
September 18, 2018

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From the internationally best-selling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art-the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling. One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story-from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Dickens, and the Brothers Grimm, among others-and delves into the role of story in education, religion, and science.

At once personal and wide-ranging, Daemon Voices is both a revelation of the writing mind and the methods of a great contemporary master, and a fascinating exploration of storytelling itself.

8. A Room of One's Own

Author: by Virginia Woolf
140 pages

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An extended essay which was based on a series of lectures that Woolf delivered at two women’s colleges which are part of Cambridge University. The essay explores women both as writers and characters in fiction.

9. Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (Series Q)

Author: by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
208 pages

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A pioneer in queer theory and literary studies, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick brings together for the first time in Touching Feeling her most powerful explorations of emotion and expression. In essays that show how her groundbreaking work in queer theory has developed into a deep interest in affect, Sedgwick offers what she calls “tools and techniques for nondualistic thought,” in the process touching and transforming such theoretical discourses as psychoanalysis, speech-act theory, Western Buddhism, and the Foucauldian “hermeneutics of suspicion.” In prose sometimes somber, often high-spirited, and always accessible and moving, Touching Feeling interrogatesthrough virtuoso readings of works by Henry James, J.L.

Austin, Judith Butler, the psychologist Silvan Tomkins and othersemotion in many forms. What links the work of teaching to the experience of illness? How can shame become an engine for queer politics, performance, and pleasure? Is sexuality more like an affect or a drive?

Is paranoia the only realistic epistemology for modern intellectuals? Ultimately, Sedgwick’s unfashionable commitment to the truth of happiness propels a book as open-hearted as it is intellectually daring.

10. To Write as if Already Dead (Rereadings)

Author: by Kate Zambreno
176 pages

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To Write As If Already Dead circles around Kate Zambreno’s failed attempts to write a study of Herv Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life. In this diaristic, transgressive work, the first in a cycle written in the years preceding his death, Guibert documents with speed and intensity his diagnosis and disintegration from AIDS and elegizes a character based on Michel Foucault.

The first half of To Write As If Already Dead is a novella in the mode of a detective story, searching after the mysterious disappearance of an online friendship after an intense dialogue on anonymity, names, language, and connection. The second half, a notebook documenting the doubled history of two bodies amid another historical plague, continues the meditation on friendship, solitude, time, mortality, precarity, art, and literature.

Throughout this rigorous, mischievous, thrilling not-quite study, Guibert lingers as a ghost companion. Zambreno, who has been pushing the boundaries of literary form for a decade, investigates his methods by adopting them, offering a keen sense of the energy and confessional force of Guibert’s work, an ode to his slippery, scarcely classifiable genre.

11. Female Masculinity

Author: by Jack Halberstam
360 pages

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In this quintessential work of queer theory, Jack Halberstam takes aim at the protected status of male masculinity and shows that female masculinity has offered a distinct alternative to it for well over two centuries. Demonstrating how female masculinity is not some bad imitation of virility, but a lively and dramatic staging of hybrid and minority genders, Halberstam catalogs the diversity of gender expressions among masculine women from nineteenth-century pre-lesbian practices to contemporary drag king performances.

Through detailed textual readings as well as empirical research, Halberstam uncovers a hidden history of female masculinities while arguing for a more nuanced understanding of gender categories that would incorporate rather than pathologize them. He rereads Anne Lister’s diaries and Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness as foundational assertions of female masculine identity; considers the enigma of the stone butch and the politics surrounding butch/femme roles within lesbian communities; and explores issues of transsexuality among transgender dykeslesbians who pass as menand female-to-male transsexuals who may find the label of lesbian a temporary refuge.

12. Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies)

Author: by Qwo-Li Driskill
240 pages

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Two-Spirit people, identified by many different tribally specific names and standings within their communities, have been living, loving, and creating art since time immemorial. It wasn’t until the 1970s, however, that contemporary queer Native literature gained any public notice. Even now, only a handful of books address it specifically, most notably the 1988 collection Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology.

Since that book’s publication twenty-three years ago, there has not been another collection published that focuses explicitly on the writing and art of Indigenous Two-Spirit and Queer people. This landmark collection strives to reflect the complexity of identities within Native Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit (GLBTQ2) communities.

Gathering together the work of established writers and talented new voices, this anthology spans genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essay) and themes (memory, history, sexuality, indigeneity, friendship, family, love, and loss) and represents a watershed moment in Native American and Indigenous literatures, Queer studies, and the intersections between the two.

13. I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a transgender child

Author: by Cheryl B. Evans
Cheryl B. Evans
230 pages

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A READERS’ FAVORITE BRONZE MEDAL AWARD WINNER. A Red Ribbon Winner – Wishing Shelf Book AwardsWhen you have a baby girl you envision many things for her life but becoming a boy is not one of them. This book will benefit anyone who would like to learn more about gender dysphoria and is an absolute must-read for a parent, relative or friend of a gender-questioning or transgender person.

What is unique about this deeply personal parenting memoir is that it follows one transgender child from birth through age eighteen. Every step of Evan’s son’s transition from female to male (FTM) is discussed in detail, including hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgeries.

This book shares it all in the hopes of making a difference in what seems like a harsh and cruel world for transgender people. You get a real sense of what this family went through. Their son’s desperate effort to conform to societal gender norms, a suicide attempt, a family members struggle between faith and accepting a transgender loved one, a heartbreaking death and much more.

14. Don't Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems

Author: by Stephanie Burt
Basic Books (May 21, 2019)
320 pages

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An award-winning poet offers a brilliant introduction to the joys-and challenges-of the genreIn Don’t Read Poetry, award-winning poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry. Burt dispels preconceptions about poetry and explains how poems speak to one another-and how they can speak to our lives.

She shows readers how to find more poems once they have some poems they like, and how to connect the poetry of the past to the poetry of the present. Burt moves seamlessly from Shakespeare and other classics to the contemporary poetry circulated on Tumblr and Twitter.

She challenges the assumptions that many of us make about “poetry,” whether we think we like it or think we don’t, in order to help us cherish-and distinguish among-individual poems. A masterful guide to a sometimes confounding genre, Don’t Read Poetry will instruct and delight ingnues and cognoscenti alike.

15. The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance

Author: by Leah DeVun
336 pages

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The Shape of Sex is a pathbreaking history of nonbinary sex, focusing on ideas and individuals who allegedly combined or crossed sex or gender categories from 2001400 C.E. Ranging widely across premodern European thought and culture, Leah DeVun reveals how and why efforts to define the human so often hinged on ideas about nonbinary sex.

The Shape of Sex examines a host of thinkerstheologians, cartographers, natural philosophers, lawyers, poets, surgeons, and alchemistswho used ideas about nonbinary sex as conceptual tools to order their political, cultural, and natural worlds. DeVun reconstructs the cultural landscape navigated by individuals whose sex or gender did not fit the binary alongside debates about animality, sexuality, race, religion, and human nature.

The Shape of Sex charts an embrace of nonbinary sex in early Christianity, its brutal erasure at the turn of the thirteenth century, and a new enthusiasm for nonbinary transformations at the dawn of the Renaissance. Along the way, DeVun explores beliefs that Adam and Jesus were nonbinary-sexed; images of monstrous races in encyclopedias, maps, and illuminated manuscripts; justifications for violence against purportedly nonbinary outsiders such as Jews and Muslims; and the surgical correction of bodies that seemed to flout binary divisions.