James Baldwin and Homosexuality Book Review

James Baldwin and Homosexuality
Examines how James Baldwin portrays a queer society in his work, "Giovanni's Room".
# 69188 | 2,017 words | 6 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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Views of queerness in literature often fall between two poles: on the one hand, an author may show a queer society as being a microcosm which reflects the prevailing mores of the macrocosm-society in which it functions. On the other, the queer society may be presented as separate and "other" when compared with the exterior society, with
which it is at odds. An infinity of shades of meaning fall between the two poles. By looking at the way in which an author treats the queer body in a work, the reader can see where their stance falls. This paper shows that in James Baldwin's "Giovanni's Room", and with regards to the issue of the queer body and dealing with queerness, the reader can see that Baldwin presents a closeted, masculine perspective that is portrayed as inherently divisive within a complex and cosmopolitan society.

From the Paper:

"One might ask one further question: portrayed in relation to what? That is, is there even such a thing as a queer body, or is that notion in itself inherently divisive? Perhaps it is after all just a body. This is a valid question for those who may call into question the validity of the formation of a queer society as an essentially conflict-ridden
escape that is no more or less valid than any other escape."

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