I Was There: Tracing Homosexuality and Subjectivity in Andre Gide and James Baldwin Open Access

Hatcher, Kevin A (2011)

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I Was There: Tracing Homosexuality and Subjectivity in Andre Gide and James Baldwin

This thesis interfaces two of the most important figures in gay literature, Andre Gide and James Baldwin to engage questions of subjectivity, identity and outness. Though both men openly treat the issue of homosexuality in their texts, their methods are drastically different. For Gide and Baldwin "coming out" was not simply a matter of stating their positions as homosexuals. Rather, it meant a series of calculated and complex encounters between the self and its (homo)sexuality. These encounters reveal each author‘s aim in engaging homosexuality. In this thesis I explore the undemocratic nature of outness, and illustrate how it must be negotiated differently for each author. I call upon several of their works in order to trace the complex shapes, detours and movements that make up their outness.

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Chapter 1 - Enunciation and Nomenclature...7
Chapter 2 - Détours and Distance...17
Chapter 3 - Searching for Home and Making Room...28
Conclusion - Questions of Subjectivity...50
Works Cited...52

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