1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage by University of Massachusetts Press (Paperback / softback, 2014)
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- DescriptionAs a result of a series of court cases, by the mid-1960s the U.S. post office could longer interdict books that contained homosexuality. Gay writers were eager to take advantage of this new freedom, but the only houses poised to capitalize on the outpouring of manuscripts were adult paperback publishers who marketed their products with salacious covers. Gay critics, unlike their lesbian counterparts, have for the most part declined to take these works seriously, even though they cover an ermous range of genres: adventures, blue-collar and gray-flannel vels, coming-out stories, detective fiction, gothic vels, historical romances, military stories, political vels, prison fiction, romances, satires, sports stories, and spy thrillers -- with far more short story collections than is generally realized. Twelve scholars have w banded together to begin a recovery of this largely forgotten explosion of gay writing that occurred in the 1960s.Descriptions of these pulps have often been inadequate and misinforming, the result of misleading covers, unrepresentative sampling of texts, and a political blindness that refuses to grant worth to pre-Stonewall writing. This volume charts the broader implications of this state of affairs before examining some of the more significant pulp writers from the period. It brings together a diverse range of scholars, methodologies, and reading strategies. The evidence that these essays amass clearly demonstrates the significance of gay pulps for gay literary history, queer cultural studies, and book history.
- Author BiographyDrewey Wayne Gunn is professor emeritus of English at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and author of The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film. Jaime Harker is associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She is author of Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America and America the Middlebrow: Women's Novels, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship between the Wars (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007). In addition to the editors, contributors include Beth M. Bouloukos, Philip Clark, Jeremy Fisher, James J. Gifford, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Randall Ivey, Reed Massengill, Ann Marie Schott, Whitney Strub, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik.
- PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Date of Publication30/01/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies in Print Culture and the History of the Book (Paperback)
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Edited byDrewey Wayne Gunn,Jaime Harker
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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