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

Book


Abstract


  • This book investigates the connections and tensions between gay

    and lesbian sexualities and consumer culture in novels by five

    contemporary American writers: Edmund White, Samuel Delany,

    Jane DeLynn, Michelle Tea, and Lynn Breedlove. The relationship

    of gays and lesbians to consumer capitalism has been one of

    the most vigorously debated issues in queer communities in the

    late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The 1990s saw the

    consolidation of the gay and lesbian niche market, with numerous

    corporations actively targeting queer consumers, as well as queer

    entrepreneurs devising and selling signifiers of gay and lesbian

    identity. While many gays and lesbians welcome such recognitions,

    and while so-called mainstream gay and lesbian community

    forums, such as online and print media, tend to celebrate the commodification

    of same-sexuality (and, of course, to exemplify it),

    these developments have been a source of urgent concern for many

    scholars and activists, who argue that the commercialization of

    gay and lesbian life is a betrayal of, or a diversion from, the political

    project of sexual liberation.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Davidson, G. R. (2012). Queer Commodities: Contemporary US Fiction, Consumer Capitalism, and Gay and Lesbian Subcultures. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1993

Place Of Publication


  • New York

Abstract


  • This book investigates the connections and tensions between gay

    and lesbian sexualities and consumer culture in novels by five

    contemporary American writers: Edmund White, Samuel Delany,

    Jane DeLynn, Michelle Tea, and Lynn Breedlove. The relationship

    of gays and lesbians to consumer capitalism has been one of

    the most vigorously debated issues in queer communities in the

    late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The 1990s saw the

    consolidation of the gay and lesbian niche market, with numerous

    corporations actively targeting queer consumers, as well as queer

    entrepreneurs devising and selling signifiers of gay and lesbian

    identity. While many gays and lesbians welcome such recognitions,

    and while so-called mainstream gay and lesbian community

    forums, such as online and print media, tend to celebrate the commodification

    of same-sexuality (and, of course, to exemplify it),

    these developments have been a source of urgent concern for many

    scholars and activists, who argue that the commercialization of

    gay and lesbian life is a betrayal of, or a diversion from, the political

    project of sexual liberation.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Davidson, G. R. (2012). Queer Commodities: Contemporary US Fiction, Consumer Capitalism, and Gay and Lesbian Subcultures. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1993

Place Of Publication


  • New York