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Finally breaking through heterosexual clich├ęs of flirtatious belles and cavaliers, sinister black rapists and lusty "Jezebels," Cotton's Queer Relations exposes the queer dynamics embedded in myths of the southern plantation. Focusing on works by Ernest J. Gaines, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, Katherine Anne Porter, Margaret Walker, William Styron, and Arna Bontemps, Michael P. Bibler shows how each one uses figures of same-sex intimacy to suggest a more progressive alternative to the pervasive inequalities tied historically and symbolically to the South's most iconic institution.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: In the Kitchens and on the Verandas
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 1. Nation and Plantation between Gone with the Wind and Black Power: The Example of Ernest J. Gaines's Of Love and Dust
  2. pp. 25-60
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  1. PART ONE: Planters and Lovers
  2. p. 61
  1. 2. Intraracial Homoeroticism and the Loopholes of Taboo in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!
  2. pp. 63-95
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  1. 3. Homo-ness and Fluidity in Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  2. pp. 96-119
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  1. PART TWO: The Southern Kitchen Romance
  2. p. 121
  1. 4. A Queer Sense of Justice in Lillian Hellman's Dramas of the Hubbard Family
  2. pp. 123-149
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  1. 5. Katherine Anne Porter, Margaret Walker, and the Uncomfortable Compromise of Black Women's Autonomy
  2. pp. 150-177
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  1. PART THREE: The Queer Black Fraternity
  2. p. 179
  1. 6. Sex, Community, and Rebellion in William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner
  2. pp. 181-209
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  1. 7. Arna Bontemps's Black Thunder: Between Masculine Politics and Feminine Difference
  2. pp. 210-233
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  1. Conclusion: On the Southern Plantation, Real Love Is Always Ambivalent
  2. pp. 234-248
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 249-168
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-298
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813929842
Related ISBN
9780813927916
MARC Record
OCLC
753978357
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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