Who's Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners (Hardcover)

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Jim Elledge is professor of English at Kennesaw State University and author of A History of My Tattoo: A Poem; The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day: A Novel; and Various Envies: Poems. David Groff, an independent writer and poet, is author of Theory of Devolution and coeditor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS and Whitman’s Men: Walt Whitman’s Calamus Poems Celebrated by Contemporary Photographers.
Who’s Yer Daddy? offers readers of gay male literature a keen and engaging journey. In this anthology, thirty-nine gay authors discuss individuals who have influenced them—their inspirational “daddies.” The essayists include fiction writers, poets, and performance artists, both honored masters of contemporary literature and those just beginning to blaze their own trails. They find their artistic ancestry among not only literary icons—Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Andre Gide, Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Edmund White—but also a roster of figures whose creative territories are startlingly wide and vital, from Botticelli to Bette Midler to Captain Kirk.
Some writers chronicle an entire tribal council of mentors; others describe a transformative encounter with a particular individual, including teachers and friends whose guidance or example cracked open their artistic selves. Perhaps most moving are the handful of writers who answered the question literally, writing intimately of their own fathers and their literary inheritance. This rich volume presents intriguing insights into the contemporary gay literary aesthetic.

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ISBN 9780299289409
Genre LITERARY CRITICISM / Gay & Lesbian
Format Hardcover
Pages 300
Publisher Date 2012-12-05 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.0 lb
Language English
Subtitle Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners
Audience General/trade
Country of Origin United States

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