Encyclopedia of contemporary LGBTQ literature of the United States / edited by Emmanuel S. Nelson.

Contributor(s): Nelson, Emmanuel S. (Emmanuel Sampath), 1954- [editor.] | Gale GroupMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Gale virtual reference libraryPublisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (2 v. (762 p.))ISBN: 9780313348600 (electronic book); 9780313348624 (v. 1 : electronic book); 9780313348648 (v. 2 : electronic book)Other title: Encyclopedia of contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature of the United StatesSubject(s): Sexual minorities' writings, American -- Bibliography | Sexual minorities -- United States -- Intellectual life -- Dictionaries | Sexual minorities in literature -- DictionariesAdditional physical formats: No titleDDC classification: 810.9/92066 | B LOC classification: PS153.S39 | E53 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
v. 1. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z.
Summary: Covers contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer American literature and its social contexts.
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v. 1. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z.

Covers contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer American literature and its social contexts.

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Library Journal Review

Edited by Nelson (English, SUNY Cortland), this two-volume set presents over 300 signed entries authored by over 125 authors, professors, graduate students, librarians, and professionals from across the United States. The articles cover topics of relevance to the field of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered/queer (LGBTQ) literature such as AIDS, seminal texts like Angels in America, and a large number of articles on mainly contemporary authors. Nelson defines the term contemporary to mean since 1980, although he also includes entries on two authors he deems foundational, James Baldwin and Tennessee Williams. The hundreds of A-to-Z entries are presented in a standard format, based on whether it is an author entry or a general topic entry. The author entries each begin with name, date of birth/death, genre, and a brief biographical essay before discussing major works and themes, with a list of resources at the end. The general topic entries allude to major events, figures, and texts for the topic and provide historical background and context. The second volume includes a lengthy index to the content of each entry as well as the entries themselves. Bottom Line Geared toward high school, college, and scholarly research users, this work is free of bias, focusing on LGBTQ topics as equally as the materials enable. Recommended for all academic and high school libraries.-Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community Coll., Bayside, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-The more than 300 signed essays in this encyclopedia cover a broad spectrum of multicultural lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer contemporary literature, from memoir to poetry to drama. Arranged alphabetically, the set is weighted heavily in biographical entries, but also included are seminal works and topical entries such as "Novel, Lesbian" and "Gay Rights Movement" that range in length from approximately 500 to 4000 words. Young adult, science fiction, and even sports literature are all covered, but conspicuously absent is mystery/detective fiction. While these essays, which include further reading suggestions and highlight other main entries, are certainly accessible to secondary students, many of the minor literary figures would be of interest primarily to serious scholars of LGBTQ literature. The encyclopedia has alphabetical and topical lists of entries and a good index in volume 2.-Betty S. Evans, Missouri State University, Springfield (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Nelson (SUNY-Cortland) has edited a key resource for the interdisciplinary study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) literature. This two-volume set will have an immediate positive impact on literary criticism in the new millennium. LGBTQ Literature is an authoritative scholarly reference for literature from 1980 to the present. Most entries focus on individual literary figures (Jewelle Gomez, Craig Lucas, David Sedaris), with eight entries for seminal texts (Angels in America, Torch Song Trilogy). Entries on broader concepts (pedagogy, multiculturalism, transgenderism) as related to the literature are included. All entries are well written and easy to understand and conclude with a bibliography. Related topics appear in boldface within each entry. This set provides rich access to film and theater, especially Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions. LGBTQ Literature makes a significant contribution to the ongoing project of increasing the availability of scholarly resources on this topic. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. C. L. Young Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Campus

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Emmanuel S. Nelson is professor of English at the State University of New York, Cortland, NY. His published works include the award-winning Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature .

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