Queer Commodities: Contemporary US Fiction, Consumer Capitalism, and Gay and Lesbian Subcultures

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

byGuy Davidson

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Queer Commodities is the first study of same-sexuality and consumer capitalism in contemporary US fiction. Drawing upon a diverse range of novels by Edmund White, Samuel Delany, Jane DeLynn, Lynn Breedlove, and Michelle Tea, Guy Davidson proposes that while gay and lesbian subcultures are necessarily commodified, they also provide means of subversively negotiating aspects of life under capitalism. This thought-provoking book makes an important intervention in long-running debates about the relations between gay and lesbian lives and commodification and reveals that commercial culture can liberate as it pacifies.

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Queer Commodities is the first study of same-sexuality and consumer capitalism in contemporary US fiction. Drawing upon a diverse range of novels by Edmund White, Samuel Delany, Jane DeLynn, Lynn Breedlove, and Michelle Tea, Guy Davidson proposes that while gay and lesbian subcultures are necessarily commodified, they also provide mean...

Guy Davidson is a senior lecturer in the English Literatures Program at the University of Wollongong. He has published widely on topics such as Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and contemporary US and Australian fiction.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.71 × 5.71 × 0.72 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230340490

ISBN - 13:9780230340497

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Table of Contents

Queer Commodities * Metropolitan Destinies: Edmund White’s The Farewell Symphony * Utopia and Apocalypse in Samuel Delany’s The Mad Man * Bar and Dog Collar: Commodity, Subculture, and Narrative in Jane DeLynn * Revolt into Style: Subcultural and Literary Politics in Lynn Breedlove and Michelle Tea

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'Part of a recently renewed queer critical interest in capitalism and commodity cultures, Queer Commodities repurposes the concept of the subcultural in order to make clear that commodification is the ambivalent heart of our most cherished queer collectivities. Davidson is as punchy and compelling as the clutch of contemporary American queer fiction on which he draws.' - Annamarie Jagose, author of Inconsequence: Lesbian Representation and the Logic of Sexual Sequence