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The Homophobic Academy

  • Mark Lilly
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Abstract

In the Introduction, in explaining in general terms why there is a need for gay studies, I promised to discuss in detail what mainstream critical practice amounted to over issues of homosexuality in literature, so that the move towards a different approach would be understood. I propose to do that now. I shall discuss the issues of censorship, marginalisation, abuse and critical assumptions in modern literary studies, and conclude with an extended example of homophobic writing in the work of Jeffrey Meyers.

Keywords

Literary Criticism Street Robbery Feminist Writer Sympathetic Attitude Lesbian Issue 
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Notes

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