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By Robert J. Corber

ISBN-10: 082231956X

ISBN-13: 9780822319566

ISBN-10: 0822319640

ISBN-13: 9780822319641

Challenging extensively held assumptions approximately postwar homosexual male tradition and politics, Homosexuality in chilly warfare America examines how homosexual males within the Fifties resisted pressures to stay within the closet. Robert J. Corber argues kind of homosexual male id emerged within the Nineteen Fifties that concurrently drew on and transcended left-wing competition to the chilly warfare cultural and political consensus. Combining readings of novels, performs, and movies of the interval with historic learn into the nationwide safeguard country, the expansion of the suburbs, and postwar purchaser tradition, Corber examines how homosexual males resisted the "organization guy" version of masculinity that rose to dominance within the wake of worldwide struggle II.
By exploring the illustration of homosexual males in movie noir, Corber means that whilst this Hollywood style strengthened homophobic stereotypes, it legitimized the homosexual male "gaze." He emphasizes how movie noir’s creation of gay characters countered the nationwide "project" to render homosexual males invisible, and marked a deep subversion of the chilly warfare mentality. Corber then considers the paintings of homosexual male writers Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, and James Baldwin, demonstrating how those authors declined to symbolize homosexuality as a discrete culture and as an alternative promoted a version of political harmony rooted within the shared event of oppression. Homosexuality in chilly conflict America finds that the ideological critique of the dominant tradition made via homosexual male authors of the Nineteen Fifties laid the root for the homosexual liberation circulate of the next decade.

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