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The Resource Queer cowboys : and other erotic male friendships in nineteenth-century American literature, Chris Packard

Queer cowboys : and other erotic male friendships in nineteenth-century American literature, Chris Packard

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Queer cowboys : and other erotic male friendships in nineteenth-century American literature
Title
Queer cowboys
Title remainder
and other erotic male friendships in nineteenth-century American literature
Statement of responsibility
Chris Packard
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Was the American Cowboy gay? Judging from the earliest representations of cowboys and other frontier figures in popular literature - who typically preferred a "buddy" over a wife - the answer seems to be yes. Evidence from books by nineteenth-century Western writers (from legends such as James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, and Owen Wister, to more obscure novelists and diarists) shows how same-sex intimacy and homoerotic admiration were key aspects of Westerns well before the word "homosexual" and its synonyms were invented. American writers celebrated erotic frontier friendships as alternatives to the lawless violence that characterized stories about the early settlers' fabled lives. These males-only clubs of journalists, cowboys, miners, Indians, and vaqueros defined themselves by excluding femininity and the cloying ills of domesticity, while embracing what Theodore Roosevelt called "strenuous living" with other bachelors in the relative "purity" of wilderness conditions. Queer Cowboys recovers this forgotten culture of exclusively masculine, sometimes erotic, and often intimate camaraderie in fiction, poems, photographs, and song lyrics."--BOOK JACKET.s important guid
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DLC
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Packard, Chris
Dewey number
810.9/3526642
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Homosexuality and literature
  • Male friendship in literature
  • Cowboys in literature
  • Gay men in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • American literature
  • Homosexuality, Male, in literature
  • Sexual orientation in literature
Label
Queer cowboys : and other erotic male friendships in nineteenth-century American literature, Chris Packard
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Ch. 1. All-male queer interracial families in the wilderness : James Fenimore Cooper solves his progeny problem -- Ch. 2. Rehearsing and ridiculing marriage in The Virginian and other adventure tales -- Ch. 3. American satyriasis in Whitman, Harris, and Hartland -- Ch. 4. "Queer secrets" in men's clubs : humor, violence, and homoerotic elision in works by Mark Twain, Beret Harte, and Eugene Field
Control code
000026130112
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 144 p.
Isbn
9780312293413
Lccn
2004054124
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Queer cowboys : and other erotic male friendships in nineteenth-century American literature, Chris Packard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Ch. 1. All-male queer interracial families in the wilderness : James Fenimore Cooper solves his progeny problem -- Ch. 2. Rehearsing and ridiculing marriage in The Virginian and other adventure tales -- Ch. 3. American satyriasis in Whitman, Harris, and Hartland -- Ch. 4. "Queer secrets" in men's clubs : humor, violence, and homoerotic elision in works by Mark Twain, Beret Harte, and Eugene Field
Control code
000026130112
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 144 p.
Isbn
9780312293413
Lccn
2004054124
Other physical details
ill.

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