Queering the Moderns


  • Authors
  • Anne Herrmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Prologue

    1. Anne Herrmann
      Pages 1-12
  3. The Aviator

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-14
  4. The Auto/biographer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-64
    2. Anne Herrmann
      Pages 65-85
  5. The Auto-ethnographer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-114
    2. Anne Herrmann
      Pages 165-166
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 167-197

About this book


In Queering the Moderns, Anne Herrmann revisits the narrative of literary modernism and the historical uses of the term "queer" to explore the emergence of identities specific to modernism. "Queer" in the modernist period (1910-1945) means "strange, odd, out of sorts" and although it begins to refer to those who are queer sexually, it does not yet police a hetero-homosexual divide. It means crossing boundaries in unexpected directions, across the Atlantic, across the color line, across literary conventions that dictate autobiographies can't be written by someone else. Six memoirs that rely on cross-gender and cross-racial identifications are discussed within their specific cultural contexts so that female aviators (Amelia Earhart and Beryl Markham), "lesbian" auto/biographers (Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein) and male auto-ethnographers (James Weldon Johnson and Earl Lind - Ralph Werther) begin to "queer" the traditional spaces of modernism.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-62969-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-62967-1
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