Abstract

John Donovan’s I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip., first published in 1969 and recently reissued in a fortieth anniversary edition, is widely hailed as the first North American young adult novel with gay content. Contemporary critics tend to characterize the novel as outdated, stereotypical, and potentially harmful to young readers given the unresolved way that Davy, Donovan’s young protagonist, navigates his same-sex attraction. This article, however, argues that the novel’s omissions, invisibilities, and queer relations—in particular, Davy’s relationship with his dog—are much more relevant to contemporary notions of sexuality and queerness than many critics suggest.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 295-311
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-15
Open Access
No
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