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Gay art lite

Is there anything left of "gay discourse," and could heterosexual authors be contributing to it?

By Philip Hensher   March 2002

What literary critics and academics normally mean when they talk about “gay literature” is a work written by a gay or lesbian writer, which discusses gay subjects and is primarily directed towards a gay audience. If a work is written by a gay writer but does not discuss gay themes, and is not directed towards a gay audience, does that count? Probably not, or Hamlet might be regarded as gay literature (at least by the “Shakespeare was gay” school). On the other hand, mysteriously, that sometimes does seem to be a sufficient criterion. The Importance of Being Earnest may plausibly…

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