Rebecca Brown Literary Subversions of Homonormalization

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Rebecca Brown
Auteur: Lies Xhonneux
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9781604978735
  • 28 maart 2014
  • 330 pagina's
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Rebecca Brown has been dubbed "the great secret of American letters." This Seattle-based lesbian author is especially known for being a writers' writer, although her award-winning and widely translated book The Gifts of the Body is popular with an international reading audience. Unlike her more illustrious lesbian colleagues Sarah Waters and Jeanette Winterson, Rebecca Brown has been working in the shadows for the past thirty years to compose a challenging and highly rewarding oeuvre. Her writings form a fascinating countervoice to the current trend of homonormalization. Brown's unapologetic representations of violent or imbalanced same-sex relations and communities, as well as her fictional engagement with a history of homosexual stigmatization (and its continuation into the present), are of great cultural significance. Yet academic investigations of her oeuvre are still largely lacking. Thanks to its analysis of identities and identifications, this book covers the main areas that are of interest when studying Brown's oeuvre: the spheres of the social and the historical. In addition, the book reveals how literary texts like Brown's can resonate, substantiate, and inflect queer theory as well as social and psychoanalytic theories on (gendered or sexual) identifications. This book is the first study to examines critically the entire oeuvre of Rebecca Brown. It approaches Brown's work from the perspective of queer theory and social theory on identities and identifications. This framework is supplemented with critical appropriations of classic psychoanalytic thinking on the related concepts of incorporation, melancholia, and narcissism. Brown's closely considered writings offer an unusually rewarding case study in this respect, and require attention to both the spheres of the social and the historical. The book explores the processes of identity-formation in Brown's work in two social contexts: that of biological and queer kinship. It examines Brown's demythologization of the nuclear family and argues that in the context of queer kinship, too, Brown's presentations take the form of a critical examination (tackling taboo subjects such as identity-formation in positions of extreme dependency). The book also explores the historical identifications taking place in Brown's oeuvre, addressing their autobiographical nature and contesting a reading of Brown's characters as traditional "minority subjects" in full possession of their life stories.This is an important book for research on women writers, queer studies, and contemporary literature.



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28 maart 2014
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Lies Xhonneux
Cambria Press

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