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Embracing a Gay Identity: Gay Novels as Guides

Embracing a Gay Identity: Gay Novels as Guides (Hardback)

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This work presents a psychological analysis of the process of coming out for gay men in America since 1950. Koponen looks at the process as a series of steps in a hero's journey progressing from initial denial and anger to guilt, bargaining, and depression. The stages of acceptance and integration of a gay identity represent the goal of the quest. Providing the common ground on which to analyze the coming out process, Koponen uses gay male relationships portrayed in six important American novels--Falconer by John Cheever, City of the Night by John Rechy, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, The Beautiful Room Is Empty by Edmund White, Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran, and Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll by Paul Monette. This book not only is literary study, but also is intended to help gay men reflect on their shared lived experiences. Self-help exercises on identifying and examining the stages of coming out are provided throughout the analysis.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -LGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesGay studies: Gay menLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 01/07/1993 ISBN-13: 9780897893367  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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WILFRID R. KOPONEN is a Lecturer in the English Department at Stanford University. He has degrees from the University of California, Yale Divinity School, Columbia Business School and Brown University. He is a contributor to Greenwood's Contemporary Gay American Novelists, a recently released reference edited by Emmanuel Nelson.

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