During the last two decades there has been a dramatic resurgence in literary and cultural production by Americans who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer (LGBTQ). Like many of those who create it, LGBTQ literature has come out of the closet to become an important facet of mainstream American education.
In this two-volume work, hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries survey contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer American literature and its social contexts.
Comprehensive in scope and accessible to students and general readers, Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States explores contemporary American LGBTQ literature and its social, political, cultural, and historical contexts. Included are several hundred alphabetically arranged entries written by expert contributors. Students of literature and popular culture will appreciate the encyclopedia's insightful survey and discussion of LGBTQ authors and their works, while students of history and social issues will value the encyclopedia's use of literature to explore LGBTQ American society.
Each entry is written by an expert contributor and lists additional sources of information. To further enhance study and understanding, the encyclopedia closes with a selected general bibliography of print and electronic resources for student research.
• Hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries discuss authors, literary works, movements, genres, and social issues
• An alphabetical list of entries offers a quick survey of the encyclopedia's contents
• A guide to related topics quickly and conveniently directs readers to entries likely to interest them
• Bibliographies for specific entries help students find sources of additional information on specialized topics
• A selected, general bibliography directs students to the most helpful print and electronic resources on contemporary LGBTQ American literature
• Offers biographical and critical commentary on major authors and works
• Covers important topics and movements related to LGBTQ literature of the United States
• Uses LGBTQ literature to explore contemporary American social issues
• Provides current, comprehensive coverage that helps students learn about contemporary American literature and society