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Shorter views : queer thoughts & the politics of the paraliterary
Delany, Samuel R.
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Hanover, NH : Published by University Press of New England [for] Wesleyan University Press, [1999]

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xii, 464 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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A theorist and cultural critic on race, sexuality, science fiction, and the art of writing.

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Samuel R. Delany Jr. was born in Harlem, New York on April 1, 1942. He is a science fiction and short story writer. His first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, was published in 1962. He has written more than 20 novels and collections of short stories, memoirs, and critical essays. He has received numerous awards including the Nebula Award for best novel for Babel-17 in 1966 and The Einstein Intersection in 1967, the Nebula Award for best short story for Aye, and Gomorrah and Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones, the Hugo Award for best short story for Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones in 1970 and for his non-fiction book, The Motion of Light in Water, and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in Gay Literature in 1993. He is as a professor in the department of English at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.

(Bowker Author Biography) Samuel R. Delany is a professor of English & Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Living up to essayist and science fiction author Delany's reputation for pushing literary and cultural boundaries, these 25 essays, interviews and reviews, all of which appeared between 1987 and 1998 in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, encompass both traditional literary criticism and autobiography. From his explication of Jacques Derrida's literary theories as applied to U.S. science fiction to his analysis of the African-American s&m scene and its effect on his writing, Delany's remarkable erudition is as evident as his ability to generate controversy. In a provocative essay, "Pornography and Censorship," he discusses how critical evaluations of pornography and other sexual writings would be more valid if the critics discussed their own arousal. In "The Making of Hogg," Delany discusses the writing and the critical reception of his novel, which was considered so sexually violent that it took 22 years for it to be published. In the middle of an interview about the literary canon, he includes a 10-page riff, replete with new scholarship, on how the suppression of information about Stephen Crane's homosexuality has helped to secure Crane's place in American literature. Delany's third book this year (after Times Square Red, Times Square Blue and Bread & Wine), this important collection demonstrates his passion and intelligence, and his dedication to pursuing difficult questions about writing, theory, teaching and sexuality. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Delany's (Times Square Red) sf novels have won Hugo and Nebula awards; now, he has compiled for publication 25 of his nonfiction essays on the subjects of queerness, writing, and "paraliterature." In a piece called "Neither the First Word Nor the Last on Deconstruction, Poststructuralism, and Semiotics for SF Readers," Delany draws on both his facility with modern critical theory and his commitment to the "paraliterary" (sf, pornography, mysteries, comic books, and other creative forms). In "The Para*Doxa Interview," he ruminates brilliantly on the nature of literary canonization through a riveting investigation of how Thomas Beer's fraudulent 1923 biography of Stephen Crane lifted the author of The Red Badge of Courage to exalted heights. The last section introduces readers to a batch of his contemporaries, from sf writer Michael Perkins to A.S. Byatt. Delany's erudition and use of contemporary critical terminology can be daunting, his writing style tangled and difficult. But this book will strongly appeal to a select group of brave readers who have the patience to follow a daringly original mind at work. For academic libraries.--Charles Crawford Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Preface: On Creativity and Academic Writing
Part 1 Some Queer Thoughts: The Rhetoric of Sex/ The Discourse of Desire
1 Street Talk/ Straight Talk
2 On the Unspeakable
3 Coming/ Out
4 A Bend in the Road
5 The "Gay" Writer/ "Gay Writing"...?
6 The Black Leather in Color Interview
7 The Thomas L. Long Interciew
Part 2 The Politics of the Paraliterary: Neither the First Word nor the Last on Deconstruction, Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and Semiotics for SF Readers
1 The Para*doxa Interview: Inside and Outside the Canon
2 The Politics of Paraliterary Criticism
3 Zalazny/ Varley Gibson- and Quality
4 Pornography and Censorship
5 The Making of Hogg
6 The Phil Leggiere Interview :Reading The Mad Man
7 The Second Science-Fiction Studies Interview: Of Trouble on Triton and Other Matters
Part 3 Some Writing/Some Writers : Antonia Byatt's Possession: A Romance
1 Neil Gaiman, I, II, and III
2 A Tribute to Judith Merril
3 Michael Perkins's Evil Companions
4 Now It's Time for Dale Peck
5 Othello in Brooklyn
6 A Prefatory Notice to Vincent Czyz's Adrift in a Vanishing City
7 Under the Volcano with Susan Sontag
8 Some Remarks on Narrative and Technology or: Poetry and Truth