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Same-Sex Intimacy in Fiction about Southern Plantations

Michael Bibler, Louisiana State University

Published: 
8 July 2009
Overview: 

Speaking June 25, 2009 at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse in Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Bibler discusses same-sex relationships in twentieth century literature about southern plantations—the subject of his book Cotton's Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936–1968. He considers the ways in which same-sex character couples offer these authors vehicles to explore modes of equality in the intensely hierachial plantation structure.

Same-Sex Intimacy in the Fiction of Southern Plantations:

Use the scroller to the right of the playlist to watch all four parts of the talk.

 
About Michael Bibler:

Michael Bibler received his PhD from Tulane University and is associate professor at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Cotton's Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936–1968 and the co-editor of a new scholarly edition of Arna Bontemps's 1939 novel Drums at Dusk and of the collection of essays Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South.

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Recommended Resources:

Print Materials:
Bibler, Michael. Cotton's Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936–1968. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

Gaines, Ernest J. Of Love and Dust. New York: Dial Press, 1967.

Howard, John. Men Like That: A Southern Queer History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Jones, Suzanne. Race Mixing: Southern Fiction since the Sixties. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

McPherson, Tara. Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Poteet, William Mark. Gay Men in Modern Literature: Ritual, Initiation, and the Construction of Masculinity. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

Richards, Gary. Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936–1961. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005.

Links:
MacKethan, Lucinda. "Plantation Romances and Slave Narratives: Symbiotic Genres." Southern Spaces 4 March 2004. http://www.southernspaces.org/2004/plantation-romances-and-slave-narratives-symbiotic-genres

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