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Gay fiction. (Genre/Form Term)

Preferred form: Gay fiction.
Used for/see from:
  • Earlier heading: Gay erotic fiction
  • Homosexual fiction
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Work cat.: Cool thing : the best new gay fiction from young American writers, ©2008: p. 8 (writing gay fiction) p. 9 (the gay male voice; gay fiction is not only alive and well, but exciting and new; the aspect of sexuality is attacked, deconstructed, manipulated, or even dismissed; voices portraying a tale of a fractured community) pp. 299-305 (authors are both men and women)

Best American gay fiction, c1996-

Canning, R. Gay fiction speaks, ©2000: p. xiii (before the 1970's there had been "mainstream" gay fiction. James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room is one good example; Sanford Friedman's Totempole is another. But, in general, fiction that dealt with homosexuality fell into one of three categories: pornography, problem novels, and "high" literature)

Coates, T. 50 essential works of LGBT fiction, via Flavorwire website, posted Aug. 21, 2013, viewed Oct. 11, 2017 (works of fiction that heavily feature queer themes; works listed include works by straight authors)

Hall, R. Gay fiction comes home, in New York times books section, June 19, 1988, viewed online Oct. 11, 2017 (During this century, a few lonely voices--not all of them gay males--have created landmark fiction about the homosexual experience; gay literature has broadened into a general, if controversial, category with clearly definable patterns. To oversimplify the matter, we could say that gay writing has changed since World War II from a literature of guilt and apology to one of political defiance and celebration of sexual difference. But in the last few years it has eased into more private matters, family relations and the search for domestic contentment; gay stories and novels; gay fiction; Nowadays, a gay novel rarely explains, complains or apologizes. It assumes that ignorance about homosexuality is a thing of the past and that bigotry signifies either a poor education or a retrograde conscience; finding a family of sorts has become the chief interest of characters in much gay fiction; the sexual outlaw, long a staple of gay fiction (the phrase was the title of a book by John Rechy, one of the pioneers in the genre), is giving way to the sexual in-law)

Edwards-Stout, K. Gender of novelists in gay fiction: does it matter?, via HuffPost website, posted Nov 04, 2012, viewed on Oct. 11, 2017 (Gay fiction, while certainly a genre, has most often been a means of self-expression, within which gay men have written tales of their search for identity and community; their novels delved into the very heart of what it means to be gay: how our familial relationships may change as a result of living authentically, how the disapproval from society can shape self-esteem, how the gay male's search for love and sex may differ from others, and how the AIDS epidemic altered the framework and communities many of us live within; there have certainly been well-known female authors of gay male fiction, most prominently Patricia Nell Warren and Mary Renault; gay fiction has splintered, with genres within sub-genres blurring the lines; with the explosion of the male/male romance genre (m/m for short), I'm seeing more and more authors not only using pseudonyms but actually trying to pass themselves off as gay men in their media interviews and online marketing efforts; Traditional gay male literature has focused on gay men attempting to find their own truth, charting both struggle and success in living out and open lives. There is no preconceived formula, resulting in stories that often mirror the life experiences of both writer and readers)

Arobateau, R.J. Homosexual stories, ©1977.

Bradley, M.Z. A complete cumulative checklist of lesbian, variant, and homosexual fiction, 2012.

Homosexual fiction, 1958?

Fiction about the gay experience.

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