Abstract

This essay argues for a queer reading practice of western women writers, termed “reading sideways.” Using Jean Stafford’s novel The Mountain Lion as a case study, this essay shows how reading sideways allows previously marginalized women’s narratives to emerge—narratives that, in turn, debunk masculinist narratives of western conquest. Applying queer theory to The Mountain Lion reveals important connections regarding delay, death, and disenchantment that better inform the reading of Stafford’s text. By queering her main protagonist’s development in The Mountain Lion, Stafford subverts the myth of masculinist frontier development.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1934-1512
Print ISSN
0039-3827
Pages
pp. 304-321
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-03
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.