Queer Aging in North American Fiction

  • Linda M. Hess

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Confines of Straight Time

  3. In an Era of Liberations

  4. Transitions of the 1990s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
  5. Queer Aging in the Young Twenty-First Century

  6. Queer Aging Now

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-240

About this book


Exploring representations of queer aging in North American fiction, this book illuminates a rich yet previously unheeded intersection within American culture. At a time when older LGBTQ persons gradually gain visibility in gerontological studies and in the media, this work provides a critical perspective concerned with the ways in which the narratives and images we have at our disposal shape our realities. Each chapter shines a spotlight on a significant work of queer fiction, beginning with post-WWII novels and ending with filmic representations of the 2010s, exploring narratives as both reflections and agents of broader cultural negotiations concerning queer sexuality and aging. As a result, the book not only redresses queer aging’s history of invisibility, but also reveals narratives of queer aging to be particularly apt in casting new light on the ways in which growing older is perceived and conceptualized in North American culture. 


non-heteronormative aging queer aging sexuality LGBTQ gay and lesbian literature gay and lesbian films aging studies disability studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Linda M. Hess
    • 1
  1. 1.Goethe University FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany

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