In this Book

Shorter Views
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In Shorter Views, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Samuel R. Delany brings his remarkable intellectual powers to bear on a wide range of topics. Whether he is exploring the deeply felt issues of identity, race, and sexuality, untangling the intricacies of literary theory, or the writing process itself, Delany is one of the most lucid and insightful writers of our time. These essays cluster around topics related to queer theory on the one hand, and on the other, questions concerning the paraliterary genres: science fiction, pornography, comics, and more. Readers new to Delany's work will find this collection of shorter pieces an especially good introduction, while those already familiar with his writing will appreciate having these essays between two covers for the first time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface: On Creativity and Academic Writing
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Part One: Some Queer Thoughts
  2. p. 1
  1. 1 The Rhetoric of Sex/The Discourse of Desire
  2. pp. 3-40
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  1. 2 Street Talk/Straight Talk
  2. pp. 41-57
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  1. 3 On the Unspeakable
  2. pp. 58-66
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  1. 4 Coming/Out
  2. pp. 67-97
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  1. 5 A Bend in the Road
  2. pp. 98-110
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  1. 6 The "Gay" Writer/"Gay Writing" . . . ?
  2. pp. 111-114
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  1. 7 The Black Leather in Color Interview
  2. pp. 115-122
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  1. 8 The Thomas L. Long Interview
  2. pp. 123-138
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  1. Part Two: The Politics of the Paraliterary
  2. p. 139
  1. 9 Neither the First Word nor the Last on Deconstruction, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and Semiotics for SF Readers
  2. pp. 141-185
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  1. 10 The Para*doxa Interview: Inside and Outside the Canon
  2. pp. 186-217
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  1. 11 The Politics of Paraliterary Criticism
  2. pp. 218-270
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  1. 12 Zelazny/Varley/Gibson—and Quality
  2. pp. 271-291
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  1. 13 Pornography and Censorship
  2. pp. 292-297
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  1. 14 The Making of Hogg
  2. pp. 298-310
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  1. 15 The Phil Leggiere Interview: Reading The Mad Man
  2. pp. 311-314
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  1. 16 The Second Science-Fiction Studies Interview: Of Trouble on Triton and Other Matters
  2. pp. 315-350
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  1. Part Three: Some Writing /Some Writers
  2. p. 351
  1. 17 Antonia Byatt's Possession: A Romance
  2. pp. 353-358
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  1. 18 Neil Gaiman, I, II, and III
  2. pp. 359-372
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  1. 19 A Tribute to Judith Merril
  2. pp. 373-376
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  1. 20 Michael Perkins's Evil Companions
  2. pp. 377-383
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  1. 21 Now It's Time for Dale Peck
  2. pp. 384-387
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  1. 22 Othello in Brooklyn
  2. pp. 388-395
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  1. 23 A Prefatory Notice to Vincent Czyz's Adrift in a Vanishing City
  2. pp. 396-398
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  1. 24 Under the Volcano with Susan Sontag
  2. pp. 399-407
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  1. 25 Some Remarks on Narrative and Technology or: Poetry and Truth
  2. pp. 408-430
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  1. Appendix: Some Notes for the Intermediate and Advanced Creative Writing Student
  2. pp. 431-457
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 461-464
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