Queering the Canon

September 1998
2 black and white illustrations
524 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571131782
Format: Hardback
Camden House
BISAC LIT004160, LIT004170

Queering the Canon

Defying Sights in German Literature and Culture

Edited by Christoph Lorey, John Plews

This work studies in detail a heretofore much neglected aned aspect of German literature.
This collection of twenty-three essays sets its sights on the points of queerness, marginality, and alterity already present within the German canon and introduces further difference and deviation in the form of openly gay German literature in order to promote the always-ongoing shift in cultural representation. Queering the Canon provides new analyses, from queer perspectives, of texts by authors whose names are familiar to canonical lists, including Goethe, Schiller, Thomas and Klaus Mann, Ingeborg Bachmann, Christa Reinig, and Elfriede Jelinek. It also makes welcome room for discussions of literary works that have seldom received scholarly attention.


[...] deserves a place on every German scholar's bookshelf as a suggestion and a beacon. GERMAN QUARTERLY'Lorey and Plew's fine collection must be applauded for its diversity of contributions. It operates on several levels, demonstrating the range of debates that accompany gay and lesbian studies and how these new methodologies can apply to German literature and film.' SEMINAR 'Unfamiliar texts on (counter)-cultural topics are introduced to a wider readership. This alone should ensure that the book is relevant to a range of needs and should have an expansive influence....' MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW'A thought-provoking and useful addition to library collections of German and gay literature.' MONATSHEFTE 'Lorey and Plews have assembled an intriguing and stimulating array of research.... A thought-provoking volume that provides groundbreaking research...' INTERNATIONAL FICTION REVIEW

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