2017 Research in the Capitol

Title

Elephant in the Room: Bringing Homosexuality to the American Literary Conversation

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

Gay culture in literature;

Abstract

American literature, even as it has celebrated a range of voices, has rarely allowed explicit representations of gay experiences within the canon of popular fiction and poetry. Even canonical gay writers have muffled their homosexual themes, relying on subtext to relay their characters’ identities. Gay culture has remained an elephant in the room, even within the sphere of the literary world, until now. The recent shift in social acceptance has revealed a hole in American literature, the absence of the gay narrative. My fiction and poetry explore the complexities of gay relationships and gay culture through a twenty-first century lens. It’s a narrative that has yet to be represented or told honestly, though in my writing I aim to with a short story “Elephant in the Room” and two poems, “A Rearranging” and an untitled piece.

Start Date

28-3-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

28-3-2017 1:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Jim O'Laughlin

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

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Elephant in the Room: Bringing Homosexuality to the American Literary Conversation

American literature, even as it has celebrated a range of voices, has rarely allowed explicit representations of gay experiences within the canon of popular fiction and poetry. Even canonical gay writers have muffled their homosexual themes, relying on subtext to relay their characters’ identities. Gay culture has remained an elephant in the room, even within the sphere of the literary world, until now. The recent shift in social acceptance has revealed a hole in American literature, the absence of the gay narrative. My fiction and poetry explore the complexities of gay relationships and gay culture through a twenty-first century lens. It’s a narrative that has yet to be represented or told honestly, though in my writing I aim to with a short story “Elephant in the Room” and two poems, “A Rearranging” and an untitled piece.