Hear Us Out: Conversations with Gay Novelists

Kobo ebook | August 7, 2012

byRichard Canning

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The author of the acclaimed Gay Fiction Speaks brings us new interviews with twelve prominent gay writers who have emerged in the last decade. Hear Us Out demonstrates how in recent decades the canon of gay fiction has developed, diversified, and expanded its audience into the mainstream. Readers will recognize names like Michael Cunningham, whose Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Hours inspired the hit movie; and others like Christopher Bram, Bernard Cooper, Stephen McCauley, and Matthew Stadler. These accounts explore the vicissitudes of writing on gay male themes in fiction over the last thirty years-prejudices of the literary marketplace; social and political questions; the impact of AIDS; commonalities between gay male and lesbian fiction . . . and even some delectable bits of gossip.

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The author of the acclaimed Gay Fiction Speaks brings us new interviews with twelve prominent gay writers who have emerged in the last decade. Hear Us Out demonstrates how in recent decades the canon of gay fiction has developed, diversified, and expanded its audience into the mainstream. Readers will recognize names like Michael Cunni...

Richard Canning is lecturer in English and American literature at Sheffield University. He is author of Gay Fiction Speaks (Columbia, 2001) and writes regularly for The Independent.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231516312

ISBN - 13:9780231516310

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Table of Contents

Gary Indiana
Bernard Cooper
Christopher Bram
Michael Cunningham
Jim Grimsley
Stephen McCauley
Colm T¢ib°n
Paul Russell
Peter Cameron
Matthew Stadler
Philip Hensher
Dale Peck

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Hear Us Out is going to become, like Richard Canning's previous book of interviews, Gay Fiction Speaks, a standard reference for scholars. That's an appropriately exalted, climate-controlled fate for a wonderful book.... Canning has a wonderful knack for this work. This volume--the second in Canning's groundbreaking account of Anglo-American gay male fiction--is essential reading for anyone interested in gay culture, contemporary fiction, or both. Readers new to the work will find insight mixed with anecdote in a way that charms as it instructs. But even readers already familiar with astonishing breadth of Canning's work are likely to be pleasantly surprised by this new volume. For while the last volume looked backward to construct a literary history out of established figures, this one looks forward to bring that history right up to today. There are of course the famous names (among them Cunningham, Cooper, Indiana, and Bram). But there are also ones younger and less familiar (like Grimsley, Tóibín, and Hensher). The exciting diversity of the interviews, and indeed the interviewees, makes this not merely a history of the present, but a peek into the future.