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Out in the South
Dews, C. L. Barney (Carlos Lee Barney), 1963-
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
vi, 243 pages ; 26 cm

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In this book gays anda lesbian from the Deep South to East Texas and Appalachia speak from vivid personal experience and turn an analytical eye on the South and its culture. Some contributors examine the power of traditional Southern attitudes toward race and religion, and consider the don't ask, don't tell attitude about homosexuality in some communities (the public secret). Other contributors show how gay culture is thriving in the form of women's festivals, gay bars, and unusual networks such as that of Asian and Pacific Islanders in Atlanta.
"Out in the South" is organized into sections that focus on a central metaphor of space and location. This grounds the book in the sense of the South as a special region and in the inside/outside dilemma faced by many gay and lesbian Southerners as they negotiate their place in an often-inhospitable homeland."

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Library Journal Review

The American South remains a society dominated by rural, white, straight, Christian males, but, as this anthology demonstrates, for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community, the South of today is not the South of 40 or even 30 years ago. Dews (English, Univ. of West Florida) and Law (dissertation adviser, Northern Illinois Univ.), coeditors of This Fine Place So Far from Home, have collected 15 essays, some previously published, that powerfully convey the complexity of homosexual lives in the South at the turn of the millennium. While homophobia, racism, xenophobia, and fundamentalism remain potent forces, even affecting relationships within the community, it is clear why many have chosen to stay to forge their own unique queer identities in such unlikely places as the Appalachian Mountains, small towns, and the military. Some of the essays might have benefited from tighter editing, but this book nicely fills in the 30 years where James T. Sear's fine Lonely Hunters (LJ 9/15/97) left off and is recommended for gay studies collections in academic and special libraries. Richard J. Violette, Special Libs. Cataloguing, Victoria, BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.