The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century (Series Q)

By | October 28, 2017
The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century (Series Q) Author Kathryn Bond Stockton
ISBN-10 082234386X
ISBN-13 9780822343868
Year 2009-10-20
Pages 312
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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Children are thoroughly shockingly queer as Kathryn Bond Stockton explains in The Queer Child where she examines childrens strangeness even some childrens subliminal gayness in the twentieth century Estranging broadening darkening forms of children emerge as this book illuminates the child queered by innocence the child queered by color the child queered by Freud the child queered by money and the grown homosexual metaphorically seen as a child or as an animal alongside the gay child What might the notion of a gay child do to conceptions of the child How might it outline the pain closets emotional labors sexual motives and sideways movements that attend all children however we deny it Engaging and challenging the work of sociologists legal theorists and historians Stockton coins the term growing sideways to describe ways of growing that defy the usual sense of growing up in a linear trajectory toward full stature marriage reproduction and the relinquishing of childish ways Growing sideways is a mode of irregular growth involving odd lingerings wayward paths and fertile delays Contending that childrens queerness is rendered and explored best in fictional forms including literature film and television Stockton offers dazzling readings of works ranging from novels by Henry James Radclyffe Hall Virginia Woolf Djuna Barnes and Vladimir Nabokov to the movies Guess Whos Coming to Dinner The Hanging Garden Heavenly Creatures Hoop Dreams and the 2005 remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory The result is a fascinating look at childrens masochism their interactions with pedophiles and animals their unfathomable hazy motives leading them at times into sex seduction delinquency and murder their interracial appetites and their love of consumption and destruction through the alluring economy of candy

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