My dissertation reorients the prevailing understanding that the gay and lesbian novel came into view in response to the emergence of homosexuality as a concept. I argue that the gay and lesbian novel has a much longer history, which I trace by considering the literary circulation of homosexual types---types that through course of the nineteenth century accrete more and more language to themselves while also generating new abstract terms to describe same-sex sexual sociability. Eighteenth-century literature was sparsely populated by minor characters or fleeting episodes of desire expressed between members of the same sex. By the end of the nineteenth century, minor characters evolve into protagonists and their episodic encounters are either multiplied or developed into novel-length narratives with the texture of entire worlds. qGetting Aroundq thus takes as its focus the development not just of queer characters or subjects, but of queer protagonists and complete narrative worlds in which those protagonists make sense.On the high wooden mantel shelf are several places of dark-blue India ware, a Chinese salver with red flowers on a ... The corner of the wall between closet and window is also covered with oil sketches, ... Above these hang a framed photograph of a public garden in Hanover [sic]; a bunch of dried cat-tails, fastened to theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Getting Around: Circulation and the Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Novel|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|