Historically, the term "gay literature" was sometimes used to cover both gay male and lesbian literatures. In a historical sense, literature as we understand it is a fairly new innovation, and the current concept of homosexuality is even fresher from the cultural oven. It's no great surprise, then, that gay literature — or even gay characters in literature — are so relatively new as to still be shiny. Because the social acceptance of homosexuality has varied in many world cultures throughout history, LGBT literature has covered a vast array of themes and concepts.
Top 10 landmarks in gay and lesbian literature
The 25 Best LGBT Novels of All Time
Really, fellas: would you take a novel with a shirtless guy on the cover out to the park for an afternoon read, especially if your ulterior motive is to pick up some some lovely, equally bookish gal? This is particularly true the more muscles you have, because face facts: we generally have better bodies and haircuts than you do, and if you're lying on the grass looking studly in your tank top reading gay fiction, you'll be a babe magnet, all right, but the babes will all be guys. So consider this Top 10 list a big ol' guilt trip. Some equally irritated lesbian can do one on gay women's lit, and if she doesn't step up soon I'll do it myself and incur the wrath of the Sapphics as well. I started this fight. Wanna make something of it?
Recently, Alan Hollinghurst said the gay novel is dead. Queer people face dangerous and deadly challenges — both in the United States and abroad — and it falls on writers to continue to bring these stories to light. Spanning from the 19th century to the present day, these books demonstrate that, while much has changed for LGBT people, many struggles persist.
This is an introductory course in English-language literature written by, about, or for gay men and lesbians in the twentieth century. We will study a variety of representations of homosexuality in a selection of novels, short stories, plays, and essays. Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb. If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures. Students prepare by studying the primary texts and completing assignments they are given in class or that are posted in Canvas.