By Michael P. Bibler
Finally breaking via heterosexual clichés of flirtatious belles and
cavaliers, sinister black rapists and lusty "Jezebels," Cotton’s Queer Relations
exposes the queer dynamics embedded in myths of the southern plantation. targeting works by
Ernest J. Gaines, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, Katherine Anne Porter,
Margaret Walker, William Styron, and Arna Bontemps, Michael P. Bibler exhibits how every one uses
figures of same-sex intimacy to indicate a extra revolutionary replacement to the pervasive
inequalities tied traditionally and symbolically to the South’s so much iconic
Bibler appears in particular at relationships among white males of the
planter category, among plantation mistresses and black maids, and among black males, arguing
that whereas the texts painting the plantation as a inflexible hierarchy of changes, those queer
kinfolk privilege a thought of sexual sameness that joins the members as equals in a system
the place equality is uncommon certainly. Bibler unearths how those versions of queer egalitarianism attempt
to reconcile the plantation’s nearby legacies with nationwide debates approximately equality and
democracy, rather throughout the eras of the recent Deal, global battle II, and the civil rights
circulation. Cotton’s Queer relatives charts daring new territory in southern experiences and queer
experiences alike, bringing jointly heritage and cultural idea to supply cutting edge readings of
vintage southern texts.
A ebook within the American Literatures Initiative
(ALI), a collaborative publishing venture supported by way of The Andrew W. Mellon origin. For more
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Cotton's Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936-1968 (American Literatures Initiative) by Michael P. Bibler