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Gothic Queer Culture


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Introduction: Queer Cultures and Insidious Trauma
1. Haunted Epistemologies: Gothic Queer Theory
2. Live Burial: Lesbian Pulp and the "Containment Crypt"
3. Monstrosity: Melancholia, Cannibalism, and HIV/AIDS
4. Sadomasochism: Strategic Discomfort in Trans* and Queer of Color Performance Art
Conclusion: The Challenges of Neoliberalism

About the Author

Laura Westengard is an associate professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, City University of New York.


"The real reason why Gothic Queer Culture is impossible to put down is that in addition to being meticulously argued, it is celebratory. In the spirit of Lady Gaga's gleefully bloody and irreverent meat dress, with which Westengard opens the book, Gothic Queer Culture gracefully sidesteps moralizing judgements of the artists and writers whose challenging work it examines, choosing instead to emphasize the affirmative power of reveling in the lurid grey areas that queer artists and their work so often occupy."-Elizabeth Simins, Art Discourse -- Elizabeth Simins * Art Discourse *
"This tour-de-force of literary and cultural analysis connects eighteenth-century Gothic obsessions with traumatic realities of the twenty-first century. Queer theory, lesbian pulp fiction, the melancholy of AIDS, and sadomasochism-Laura Westengard helps us to understand these phenomena as never before."-George E. Haggerty, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of California, Riverside
-- George E. Haggerty
"Westengard takes a common idea-that gothic is queer-and inverts it to show the effects of unacknowledged trauma on marginalized communities. Gothic Queer Culture establishes Westengard as an exciting new voice in critical trauma studies, gothic studies, and queer theory."-Nowell Marshall, author of Romanticism, Gender, and Violence: Blake to George Sodini
-- Nowell Marshall

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