Lgh Phi (bellejarred) wrote in rubyfruitjungle,
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Hi, I just joined this community for suggestions and reading tips, etc. I'm getting a PhD in Creative Writing and one of my preliminary exams is going to be in Contemporary Queer Fiction. I have compiled a brief, preliminary list, and was wondering if you could give me advice--can you all recommend any titles that are vital and absent from my list? I'm looking for mid to late 20th century literature. Thank you in advance, so much...please excuse my ignorance, my primary emphasis is (usually) in poetry. Love to all. ~Leigh



Jean Genet - Our Lady of the Flowers
Dorothy Allison - Bastard Out of Carolina
Adrienne Rich - “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence”
David Wojnarowicz - Close to the Knives
Mark Doty - Heaven’s Coast (Memoir)
Jeanette Winterson - Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Written on the Body, Gut Symmetries
Larry Kramer - A Normal Heart, Faggots
Leslie Feinberg - Stone Butch Blues
Rose Tremain - Sacred Country
Carole Maso - Aureole, The American Woman In The Chinese Hat
Edmund White - A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony
Thomas Glave - Whose Song?; Words to Our Now : Imagination and Dissent
James Baldwin - Giovanni’s Room
Michael Cunningham - the Hours, A Home at the End of the World
Michelle Tea - ?
David Sedaris - ?
Alan Hollinghurst - Swimming Pool Library
Sarah Waters - Tipping the Velvet
Rita Mae Brown - Rubyfruit Jungle
Eileen Myles - Cool for You, Chelsea Girls
Audre Lorde - Zami
Djuna Barnes - Nightwood
Harold Brodkey - Profane Friendship
William S. Burroughs - Queer
Blanche Mccrary Boyd - The Revolution of Little Girls; Terminal Velocity
Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig (play)
Jenifer Levin - The Sea of Light
Paul Monette - Afterlife, (Becoming a Man–memoir) (the Politics of Silence- lecture) (Borrowed Time, memoir)
Andrew Holleran - The Dancer from the Dance, In September the Light Changes
William Mann - The Men From the Boys
Ethan Mordden - How Long Has This Been Going On
Mary Renault - The Charioteer
Richard McCann - Mother of Sorrows
Daniel Mendelsohn - The Elusive Embrace (memoir)
David Leavitt - The Lost Language of Cranes
Henry Abelove- The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader
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sarah shulman

samuel delaney - motion of light in water (memoir)


i SO LOVE jennifer levin's sea of light
Patrick Califia - Mortal Companion
Joanna Russ - FemaleMan
Ursula Le Guin - The left hand of darkness (for example)
Marge Piercy - Woman on the edge of time
Vonda McIntyre - Starfarers series
Laurie R King - the Kate Martinelli series (A grave talent, To play the fool, With child, Night work)

And if you can find translations of Gerd Brantenbergs "Daughters of Egalia" (Egalias Dotre) and Birgitta Stenbergs "Love in Europe" (Karlek i Europa)-series, those are good too (note: the english titles above are my own translations of the Norwegian/Swedish titles, so the books might not be called that...). And of course, anything and everything by Winterson. For historical influences, I would definitely check out some Woolf too, at least Orlando, Mrs Dalloway an To the lighthouse. Which leads me to The hours. I haven't read the book, but the way I remember the movie it had some undoubtedly queer intertextual references to Mrs Dalloway. But, I'm sidetracking. If I were to give one recommendation it would be Russ' FemaleMan, that I find is queer not only in theme but in the language itself.