Starless and Black

Alienation in Gay Literature
  • Terry Woods
Part of the Insights book series (ISI)


John Rechy, Andrew Holleran, Joe Orton, Hart Crane — four authors who speak of difference, of how culture can massively determine the limitations in our understanding of ourselves and others. Of how society inscribes the order in which people are accorded worth. And of gayness as a lived experience of alienated desire.


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Primary texts

  1. H. Crane, Complete Poems (Newcastle: Bloodaxe Books, 1984).Google Scholar
  2. A. Holleran, Dancer from the Dance (New York: Bantam, 1979).Google Scholar
  3. A. Holleran, Nights in Aruba (New York: New America Library, 1984).Google Scholar
  4. J. Orton, The Complete Plays (London: Methuen, 1976).Google Scholar
  5. J. Rechy, City of Night (London: Granda, 1984).Google Scholar
  6. 1.
    J. Orton, The Orton Diaries, ed. J. Lahr (London: Methuen, 1986) p. 251.Google Scholar
  7. 2.
    See the works of H. Marcuse; in particular, One Dimensional Man (London: Sphere Books, 1969).Google Scholar
  8. 4.
    An unpublished novel co-authored with K. Halliwell, 1960. Quoted in J. Lahr, Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton (Harmondsworth, Middx.: Penguin, 1980) p. 98.Google Scholar
  9. 5.
    M. Greif, The Gay Book of Days (London: W. H. Allen, 1985) p. 126.Google Scholar
  10. 6.
    A. L. Rowse, Homosexuals in History (USA: Dorset Press, 1983).Google Scholar
  11. 7.
    M. Foucault, ‘Preface’, in G. Deleuze and Guattari, Anti Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1983) p. 9. See also their A Thousand Plateaus (London: Athlone Press, 1988).Google Scholar

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© The Editorial Board, Lumiere (Co-operative) Press Ltd 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry Woods

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