By Christopher Looby
"Perhaps it truly is no twist of fate that the 19th century—the century whilst, it's been acknowledged, sexuality as such (and numerous taxonomized sexual identities) have been invented—is the interval whilst American brief tales have been invented, and once they have been the queerest."—Christopher Looby, from the Introduction
A guy in small-town the United States wears the garments of his spouse and sisters; happy eventually that he has "a excellent go well with of clothes applicable for my sex," he commits suicide, asking in basic terms that he be buried dressed as a lady. a rustic maid has a passionate summer time courting with an heiress, the reminiscence of which sustains her for the following 40 years. a woman is carried via a robust wind to a spot the place she discovers that every little thing is made from sweet, together with the "queer people," whom she licks and eats. If those will not be the types of news we think to discover in nineteenth-century American literature, it's possibly simply because now we have been having a look within the flawed places.
The tales collected listed here are written by way of a various collection of writers—women and males, vague and well-known: Herman Melville, Willa Cather, and Louisa may perhaps Alcott, between others. Exploring the vagaries of gender id, erotic wish, and affectional attachments that don't map simply onto current different types of intercourse and gender, they rejoice, mourn, and query the various modes of embodiment and forgotten sorts of excitement of nineteenth-century America.
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"The Man Who Thought Himself a Woman" and Other Queer Nineteenth-Century Short Stories (Q19: The Queer American Nineteenth Century) by Christopher Looby