- The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South
- Literary and Textual Histories of the Native South
- Before Hypodescent: Whitening Equations in South America and the American South
- The Dying Confession of Joseph Hare: Transatlantic Highwaymen and Southern Outlaws in the Antebellum South
- Jackson’s Villes, Squares, and Frontiers of Democracy
- Locality and the Serial South
- The Long Shadow of Torture in the American South
- Masculine Sentiment, Racial Fetishism, and Same-Sex Desire in Antebellum Southern Literature
- Southern Affects: Field and Feeling in a Skeptical Age
- Not-So-Still Waters: Travelers to Florida and the Tropical Sublime
- Indian Knives and Color Lines: Mark Twain from Hannibal to the Jim Crow Raj
- Narrative and Counternarrative in <i>The Leopard’s Spots</i> and <i>The Marrow of Tradition</i>
- The Bright Side: African American Women and the Affective Archive of Southern Racial Uplift
- “Proffered for Your Perusal in Ring by Concentric Ring”: The South and the World in William Faulkner’s Fiction
- Richard Weaver, Lillian Smith, the South, and the World
- Arts of Abjection in James Agee, Walker Evans, and Luis Buñuel
- Tennessee Williams and the Burden of Southern Sexuality Studies
- Reimagining the South of Richard Wright: The Anti-Protest Writing of Albert Murray, Raymond Andrews, and Ernest Gaines
- Letter-Writing, Authorship, and Southern Women Modernists
- Nature and Spirituality in Contemporary Appalachian Poetry
- Southern Religion’s Sexual Charge and the National Imagination
- Their Confederate Kinfolk: African Americans’ Interracial Family Histories
- Mourning, Mockery, and the Post-South in Lars von Trier’s <i>Manderlay</i> and Geraldine Brooks’s <i>March</i>
- Made Things: Structuring Modernity in Southern Poetry
- Four Contemporary Latina/o Writers Ghost the U.S. South
- You Don’t Have to Be Born There: Immigration and Contemporary Fiction of the U.S. South
- Asian Americans, Racial Latency, Southern Traces
- The Woundedness of Southern Literature, Looking Away
Abstract and Keywords
Although contemporary southern sexuality studies, especially as impacted by literary scholars and historians, continue to grow in nuance and complexity, the field often positions Tennessee Williams as a lynchpin figure. On the one hand, he enriches this field in multiple ways, including through his accessible sexuality, his astonishingly diverse set of writings in multiple genres, and his wide-ranging, provocative representations of sexuality. On the other hand, it stands to imperil southern studies, southern drama studies, and southern sexuality studies when interrogations of his work, taken to be the sum of southern drama, are limited to The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tim Roof. In contrast to this valorized trinity, his other plays from throughout his long career and especially his unexplored fiction offer a radically different imagining of gayness, one marked by mentorship and camaraderie.
Gary Richards, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication at the University of Mary Washington, is the author of Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936-1961 (Louisana State University Press, 2005).
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