Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture
by Luca Prono
December 2007, 328pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-33599-0
$96, £74, 84€, A132
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Over 100 entries highlight the people, genres, and artistic works of the gay and lesbian community, and their contributions to popular culture.

During the 20th century through today, gay and lesbian artists, writers, political activists, and sports figures contributed their talents to all areas of popular culture. Authors such as E. Lynn Harris and Patricia Highsmith write bestselling novels. Rupert Everett follows in the footsteps of Rock Hudson and others who starred in multimillion dollar films. George Michael and k.d.lang have been the creative forces behind dozens of hit songs, and the TV programs of Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, and the cast of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy are enjoyed in gay and straight households alike. The Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture identifies the people, films, TV shows, literature, and sports figures that have made significant contributions to both gay and lesbian popular culture, and American popular culture.


"Whereas most reference works on gay and lesbian figures concentrate on their contributions to politics and literature, independent scholar Prono's work instead examines gay and lesbian contributions to popular culture. His approximately 100 scholarly yet readable cross-referenced A-to-Z entries, each typically ranging from two to four pages in length, cover mostly biography (e.g., Rock Hudson, Tennessee Williams, Melissa Ethridge), though some thematic subjects (e.g., AIDS, the Harlem Renaissance, independent cinema) are also included. . . . Having in one place all these entries emphasizing the subject's relevance to the gay and lesbian community could benefit the student wanting to browse possible research topics. This is also enjoyable to read from cover to cover. . . . Recommended for all school and college libraries."—Library Journal, May 1, 2008

"Prono's slim, but thoughtful, collection of essays focuses on well-known American and British individuals whos works, words, and deeds have helped redefine and shape contemporary views of gays and lesbians. . . . The writing is engaging and interesting; it is readable and accessible to wide audience. . . . a recommended purchase for public or college libraries."—Reference & User Services Quarterly, September 1, 2008

"These 97 well-researched, alphabetically arranged entries include profiles of prominent individuals who have concealed or denied their sexual orientation as well as those who have forced open the closet and are fighting for equal rights."—School Library Journal, August 1, 2008

"[A] useful and easy-to-use resource for public and high-school libraries."—Booklist, May 15, 2008

"With one of its announced purposes being to chronicle the battle of gays and lesbians to achieve visibility against forces that might closet them or render them invisible, this encyclopedia has a political agenda as well as an informative one. It is recommended for all general collections."—ARBA, March 1, 2009
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