Seven Speculations on Queers and Class

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Abstract

Combining a critique of both recent work in gay studies and certain contemporary cultural practices within the gay community with a number of personal anecdotes related to the author's personal and professional life as a novelist and teacher, "Seven Speculations on Queers and Class" argues, through a reading of a variety of texts, the necessary of understanding what Jeffrey Weeks has termed "the class applications of the homosexual categorization." There are seven "Speculations." The "First Speculation" is a reading of (middle) class biases at work in a review of the author's first novel. The second is a brief analysis of Thomas E. Yingling's Hart Crane and the Homosexual Text and its erasure of the question of the working class. The third discusses fashion and class. The fourth is an examination of recent debates in gay and lesbian studies around the issue of "difficult" language and canon formation. The fifth examines Queer Nation's middle-class biases. The sixth suggests how the nominations "fag," "homosexual," and "queer" might suggest specific class positions. The seventh examines the question of Cultural Studies and Gay and Lesbian Studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-174
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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