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Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936--1961 (Southern Literary Studies) Paperback – May 1, 2007

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Gary Richards is an associate professor of English at the University of New Orleans and also teaches in the Africana studies and women's studies programs.

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  • Series: Southern Literary Studies
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: LSU Press (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807132462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807132463
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on April 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A book by a man who has read a number of texts with a fine tooth comb, looking for examples of same-sex desire and sexually transgrssive characters.

Gary Richards makes To Kill a Mockingbird reveal itself as a classic text of Lesbian desire. No wonder it is the favorite novel of so many young women. "Although Lee's community sets up enduring heterosexual marriages as the norm, they are almost nonexistent and, with the one exception of Tom and Helen Robinson, never gratifying." He shows us that the way Atticus is not a married man is an example of a deliberate choice by the author to make him not a sexual creature. We had thought it to be a book about racial otherness, but in fact Richards suggests it is a book about sexual otherness, so that even so twisted a creature as Boo Radley can be sympathetically alluded to with his mockingbird symbolism.

Richards can't make William Goyen any more interesting than previous commentators. I think the truth is Goyen is pretty bad, but on the other hand Richards scores a touchdown when it comes to re-imagining Lillian Smith, the author of STRANGE FRUIT and ONE HOUR, two books that deserve a wider readership for, despite their creaky datedness, they possess that most inextinguishable thing, the touch of genius. Richard Wright and Carson McCullers also get the Gary Richards treatment as well. While we are now familiar with Carson McCullers as a woman fascinated and moved by same-sex desire, readers of Richard Wright might be startled by Richards' frank account of him as a writer and man working out an eager bisexuality, particularly in the late novel THE LONG DREAM and the early story "Big Boy Comes Home."
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This is a most informative and intellegent book. The style is readable, adding to its interest.
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