Straight with a Twist
Queer Theory and the Subject of Heterosexuality
Edited by Calvin Thomas
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Straight with a Twist by Calvin Thomas
Book DescriptionThis engaging collection poses the question, Can straight people think queer? "Straight with a Twist" offers a refreshing look at the relation between queer theory and critical examinations of the construction of heterosexuality. Seeking to proliferate the findings and insights of queer theory, contributors explore the issue of whether and how queer theory can speak for and include the straight. In some of the ways that men have learned from feminism to interrogate the construction of masculinity, straights are learning from queer theory to interrogate constructions of straightness, to question their place in those constructions, and to make critical interventions into the institutional reproduction of the heterosexual norm."Straight with a Twist" responds to the formulations of some of the leading figures in queer theory, considers demonstrations of the queer in television programs ("Seinfeld", for example) and contemporary films, and explores to what extent and in what ways literary texts from Shakespeare to Dorothy Allison are open to queer interpretation. Committed to antihomophobic cultural analysis, "Straight with a Twist" aims to extend the reach of queer theory and humanize the world by making it 'queerer than ever'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252068133
(5830mm x 3895mm x 21mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Calvin Thomas
Ten Lessons in Theory, Paperback (September 2013)
Explores the history, application and tenets of literary theory in ten lessons.
Masculinity, Psychoanalysis, Straight Queer Theory, Hardback (July 2008)» View all books by Calvin Thomas
Using Lacanian psychoanalysis and queer theory to explore the unstable relationship between heterosexual masculine identity and cultural representation, this book examines the ways straight men are queered and abjected in literature, theory, and film.
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