Fall 2007

Sexuality and History in the Contemporary Novel

Listed in: English, as ENGL-60


Judith E. Frank (Section 01)


A study of American and British gay and lesbian novelists, from 1990 to the present, who have written historical novels. We will examine such topics as the kinds of expressive and ideological possibilities the historical novel offers gay and lesbian novelists, the representation of sexuality in narratives that take place before Stonewall, and the way these authors position queer lives in history. Novelists include Sarah Waters, Emma Donoghue, Jeanette Winterson, Leslie Feinberg, Alan Hollinghurst, Colm Toibin, and Michael Cunningham. First semester. Professor Frank.