Homosexual writing in the United States crested in the period from the end of World War II until the beginning of the gay liberation movement in The tin-roofed stations in red brick or the grand multi-track white terminals. Foucault's discussion of the formation of the modern homosexual sensibility in this book was the single most influential factor in the formation of queer theory. Leave this field blank. She pretends not to notice the giggles and gasps. In the only wedding I was a part of I was the flower girl who held up the ceremony kneeling to drop equal dividends of petals beside every pew, refusing to leave anyone out. See also gayrights poems gayrights collections.
Like Stein, he sought to disrupt conventional values by subverting the language itself.
Gay Literature: Poetry and Prose
Whether the individual is born homosexual or his or her homosexual desires are socially constructed, it is clear that medico-scientific theories of homosexuality as a curable disease were an invention of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The same conclusions, however, can be used to marginalize gay writings by making them seem merely one of many lesser discourses in the complexities of human sexual expression. The Erotics of Male Literary Collaboration. Although American literature in the first two-thirds of the twentieth century almost always implies the medico-scientific definition whenever homosexuality enters the text, Whitman had his own successors, from Bliss Carman — and Richard Hovey — to Marsden Hartley — to Langston Hughes — and Gerrit Lansing b. Burroughs sought to disrupt language and convention, and his ideas and techniques, such as the cut-up method, had considerable importance for gay or lesbian writers like Kathy Acker.
A century earlier, Walt Whitman was able to show homosexuality as normal and healthy. Other plays by Williams are equally disturbing in this regard, notably Suddenly Last Summerin which the character Sebastian Venable is consumed, literally, by the young boys he has seduced. Homosexuality can be seen as created and imposed by the culture rather than as something chosen. Epistemology of the Closet. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. The Beauty of Men: