Skip to main content

Guy Davidson Associate Professor

Associate Professor

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • Colloquium for Research into Texts, Identities and Cultures
  • School of the Arts, English and Media

Overview


Guy Davidson researches the interconnections of literature and sexuality, with a primary focus on American literature. 

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I began my research career investigating interconnections between sexuality, consumer culture, and literature in late nineteenth century Britain. In subsequent research, I retained this nexus of concerns but shifted historical and national focus  to 20th and 21st-century America. My first book, Queer Commodities: Contemporary US Fiction, Consumer Capitalism, and Gay and Lesbian Subcultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)  is the first substantial analysis of same-sexuality and consumer capitalism in contemporary US fiction. It moves beyond  critical tendencies to identify gay and lesbian subcultures as either hopelessly immersed in consumer capitalism or heroically resistant to it,  arguing that while these subcultures are necessarily commodified, they also provide means of subversively negotiating aspects of life under capitalism. In my second book, Categorically Famous: Literary Celebrity and Sexual Liberation in 1960s America (Stanford University Press, 2019), I argue that the work and public images of three famous authors, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, and Gore Vidal, significantly contributed to the greater openness about homosexuality that characterised the 1960s and that was an important precondition of the gay and lesbian liberation. Consideration of these three writers’ careers, I contend, makes it necessary to rethink the anti-liberationist bias within queer studies, whereby gay and lesbian visibility is understood as a form of social control.​

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Journal of New Zealand Studies
    Pages
    34 - 44
    ISSN
    1170-4616
    2016

    Published In
    Celebrity Studies
    Volume
    7
    Pages
    293 - 308
    ISSN
    1939-2397
    2015

    Published In
    Mosaic (Winnipeg, 1967): a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
    Volume
    48
    Pages
    147 - 164
    ISSN
    0027-1276
    2015

    Published In
    Journal of Modern Literature
    Volume
    39
    Pages
    127 - 128
    ISSN
    0022-281X
    2013

    Published In
    Australian Humanities Review
    Volume
    54
    Pages
    136 - 138
    ISSN
    1325-8338
    2012

    Published In
    Australian Feminist Studies
    Volume
    27
    Pages
    113 - 115
    ISSN
    0816-4649
    2011

    Published In
    Texas Studies in Literature and Language
    Volume
    53
    Pages
    455 - 478
    ISSN
    0040-4691
    2011

    Published In
    Life Writing
    Volume
    8
    Pages
    387 - 397
    ISSN
    1448-4528
    2010

    Published In
    Genders
    Volume
    51
    ISSN
    1936-3249
    2010

    Published In
    Australian Literary Studies
    Volume
    25
    Pages
    1 - 18
    ISSN
    0004-9697
    2008

    Published In
    English Literature in Transition 1880-1920
    Volume
    51
    Pages
    95 - 98
    ISSN
    1559-2715
    2008

    Published In
    Journal of Modern Literature
    Volume
    32
    Pages
    13 - 32
    ISSN
    0022-281X
    2007

    Published In
    The Henry James Review
    Volume
    28
    Pages
    26 - 42
    ISSN
    0273-0340
  • Book

    Year Title
    2012

    Publisher
    New York: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2015

    Published In
    Literary Careers in the Modern Era
    Publisher
    Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
    Pages
    1 - 16
    ISBN
    9781137478504
    2015

    Published In
    The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature
    Publisher
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
    Pages
    139 - 154
    ISBN
    9781107046498
    2008

    Published In
    Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction
    Publisher
    Liverpool: Liverpool University Press
    Pages
    101 - 120

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Guy has supervised numerous Honours theses across literary and cultural studies on topics including: crime fiction; Henry James; Don DeLillo; Kathy Acker; George Eliot; H.P.Lovecraft; Anne Rice; the Norma Khouri scandal; online gendered identities; commodification, resistance, and subcultures online. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Creative Arts Scenography as Prime Mover in Contemporary Theatre
    Doctor of Philosophy Models of Literary Tradition Milner, Evan
    Doctor of Philosophy Fictional Autobiography as Public Testimony of Female Trauma: an Investigation into the literary works of Eleanor Dark and Christina Stead Gaffney, Alicia
    Doctor of Philosophy "Make Them Laugh, and They're Not Afraid': the 'Love of the Monster' Narrative in Terry Pratchett's Discworld" Soulsby, Samson
    Doctor of Philosophy Rethinking Bisexual Erasure: Non-monosexuality, Compulsory Monogamy and Queer Temporality Davis, Dylan
    Doctor of Philosophy Henri J.M. Nouwen, disponibilit, the body-subject, and same-sex attraction: A critique of Roman Catholic moral teaching in the light of Phenomenological and Existentialist Psychology and its methods. Bewley, Philip

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I began my research career investigating interconnections between sexuality, consumer culture, and literature in late nineteenth century Britain. In subsequent research, I retained this nexus of concerns but shifted historical and national focus  to 20th and 21st-century America. My first book, Queer Commodities: Contemporary US Fiction, Consumer Capitalism, and Gay and Lesbian Subcultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)  is the first substantial analysis of same-sexuality and consumer capitalism in contemporary US fiction. It moves beyond  critical tendencies to identify gay and lesbian subcultures as either hopelessly immersed in consumer capitalism or heroically resistant to it,  arguing that while these subcultures are necessarily commodified, they also provide means of subversively negotiating aspects of life under capitalism. In my second book, Categorically Famous: Literary Celebrity and Sexual Liberation in 1960s America (Stanford University Press, 2019), I argue that the work and public images of three famous authors, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, and Gore Vidal, significantly contributed to the greater openness about homosexuality that characterised the 1960s and that was an important precondition of the gay and lesbian liberation. Consideration of these three writers’ careers, I contend, makes it necessary to rethink the anti-liberationist bias within queer studies, whereby gay and lesbian visibility is understood as a form of social control.​

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Journal of New Zealand Studies
    Pages
    34 - 44
    ISSN
    1170-4616
    2016

    Published In
    Celebrity Studies
    Volume
    7
    Pages
    293 - 308
    ISSN
    1939-2397
    2015

    Published In
    Mosaic (Winnipeg, 1967): a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
    Volume
    48
    Pages
    147 - 164
    ISSN
    0027-1276
    2015

    Published In
    Journal of Modern Literature
    Volume
    39
    Pages
    127 - 128
    ISSN
    0022-281X
    2013

    Published In
    Australian Humanities Review
    Volume
    54
    Pages
    136 - 138
    ISSN
    1325-8338
    2012

    Published In
    Australian Feminist Studies
    Volume
    27
    Pages
    113 - 115
    ISSN
    0816-4649
    2011

    Published In
    Texas Studies in Literature and Language
    Volume
    53
    Pages
    455 - 478
    ISSN
    0040-4691
    2011

    Published In
    Life Writing
    Volume
    8
    Pages
    387 - 397
    ISSN
    1448-4528
    2010

    Published In
    Genders
    Volume
    51
    ISSN
    1936-3249
    2010

    Published In
    Australian Literary Studies
    Volume
    25
    Pages
    1 - 18
    ISSN
    0004-9697
    2008

    Published In
    English Literature in Transition 1880-1920
    Volume
    51
    Pages
    95 - 98
    ISSN
    1559-2715
    2008

    Published In
    Journal of Modern Literature
    Volume
    32
    Pages
    13 - 32
    ISSN
    0022-281X
    2007

    Published In
    The Henry James Review
    Volume
    28
    Pages
    26 - 42
    ISSN
    0273-0340
  • Book

    Year Title
    2012

    Publisher
    New York: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2015

    Published In
    Literary Careers in the Modern Era
    Publisher
    Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
    Pages
    1 - 16
    ISBN
    9781137478504
    2015

    Published In
    The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature
    Publisher
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
    Pages
    139 - 154
    ISBN
    9781107046498
    2008

    Published In
    Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction
    Publisher
    Liverpool: Liverpool University Press
    Pages
    101 - 120

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Guy has supervised numerous Honours theses across literary and cultural studies on topics including: crime fiction; Henry James; Don DeLillo; Kathy Acker; George Eliot; H.P.Lovecraft; Anne Rice; the Norma Khouri scandal; online gendered identities; commodification, resistance, and subcultures online. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Creative Arts Scenography as Prime Mover in Contemporary Theatre
    Doctor of Philosophy Models of Literary Tradition Milner, Evan
    Doctor of Philosophy Fictional Autobiography as Public Testimony of Female Trauma: an Investigation into the literary works of Eleanor Dark and Christina Stead Gaffney, Alicia
    Doctor of Philosophy "Make Them Laugh, and They're Not Afraid': the 'Love of the Monster' Narrative in Terry Pratchett's Discworld" Soulsby, Samson
    Doctor of Philosophy Rethinking Bisexual Erasure: Non-monosexuality, Compulsory Monogamy and Queer Temporality Davis, Dylan
    Doctor of Philosophy Henri J.M. Nouwen, disponibilit, the body-subject, and same-sex attraction: A critique of Roman Catholic moral teaching in the light of Phenomenological and Existentialist Psychology and its methods. Bewley, Philip
uri icon

Research Areas