Middlebrow queer : Christopher Isherwood in America / Jaime Harker.

By: Harker, JaimeMaterial type: TextTextPublication details: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2013. Description: xvii, 203 p. : ill. ; 23 cmISBN: 9780816679140 (pbk.); 9780816679133 (hbk.)Subject(s): Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986 -- Criticism and interpretation | Homosexuality in literature | Gay culture in literature | Gay men -- Identity | Homosexuality and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 823/.912 LOC classification: PR6017 .S5 | Z675 2013
Contents:
Introduction: Christopher and his readers -- Isherwood's American incarnation and the gay protest novel -- "Too queer to be Quaker": gay protest and camp -- "Fagtrash": pulp paperbacks and Cold War queer readers -- Sixties' literature and the ascension of camp middlebrow -- "A delicious purgatory": sex and "salvation" -- Secret agents and gay identity: Cold War queerness -- Spiritual trash: Hindus, homos, and gay pulp -- Christopher Isherwood, gay liberation, and the question of style.
Summary: Jaime Harker shows that Christopher Isherwood refashioned himself as an American writer following his emigration from England by immersing himself in the gay reading, writing, and publishing communities in Cold War America. Weaving together biography, history, and literary criticism, this book traces the continuous evolution of Isherwood's simultaneously queer and American postwar authorial identity.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-200) and index.

Introduction: Christopher and his readers -- Isherwood's American incarnation and the gay protest novel -- "Too queer to be Quaker": gay protest and camp -- "Fagtrash": pulp paperbacks and Cold War queer readers -- Sixties' literature and the ascension of camp middlebrow -- "A delicious purgatory": sex and "salvation" -- Secret agents and gay identity: Cold War queerness -- Spiritual trash: Hindus, homos, and gay pulp -- Christopher Isherwood, gay liberation, and the question of style.

Jaime Harker shows that Christopher Isherwood refashioned himself as an American writer following his emigration from England by immersing himself in the gay reading, writing, and publishing communities in Cold War America. Weaving together biography, history, and literary criticism, this book traces the continuous evolution of Isherwood's simultaneously queer and American postwar authorial identity.

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