By Robert J. Corber
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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Homosexuality in Cold War America: Resistance and the Crisis of Masculinity (New Americanists) by Robert J. Corber