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Author Schmidt, Tyler T.
Title Desegregating desire : race and sexuality in Cold War American literature / Tyler T. Schmidt.
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2013]
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 Floor4  PS228.R32 S36 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description viii, 279 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-270) and index.
Contents Introduction: The half-told histories of desegregation -- Ambivalent desires: Elizabeth Bishop, Zora Neale Hurston, and domestic desegregation -- War city: Gwendolyn Brooks, Edwin Denby, and the private poetics of public space -- White pervert: William Demby, Ann Petry, and the queer desires of racial belonging -- Damaged desires: Jo Sinclair, Carl Offord, and the traumas of integration -- Conclusion: Intimate failures.
Summary A study of race and sexuality and their interdependencies in American literature from 1945 to 1955, Desegregating Desire examines the varied strategies used by eight American poets and novelists to integrate sexuality into their respective depictions of desegregated places and emergent identities in the aftermath of World War II. Focusing on both progressive and conventional forms of cross-race writing and interracial intimacy, the book is organized around four pairs of writers. ... Aligning close textual readings with the segregated histories and interracial artistic circles that informed these Cold War writers, this project defines desegregation as both a racial and sexual phenomenon, one both public and private. In analyzing more intimate spaces of desegregation shaped by regional, familial, and psychological upheavals after World War II, Tyler T. Schmidt argues that "queer" desire--understood as same-sex and interracial desire--redirected American writing and helped shape the Cold War era's integrationist politics. -- Publisher website.
Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Race relations in literature.
Sex in literature.
Related To Online version: Schmidt, Tyler T. Desegregating desire Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2013 9781617037849 (DLC) 2013015737
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