De-centring Sexualities: Politics and Representations Beyond the Metropolis

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David Shuttleton, Diane Watt, Richard Phillips
Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 301 pages
This book of critical rural geography breaks new ground by drawing attention to sex and sexualities outside the metropolis. It explores sexualities and sexual experiences in a variety of rural and marginal spaces with international contributions from a wide range of disciplines. These include: literary and cultural studies, lesbian and gay studies, geography, history and law. Among the topics uncovered are:
* a lesbian in rural England
* sexual life in rural Wales
* sexuality in rural South Africa
* scandal in the American South: sex, race and politics
* nature and homosexuality in literature
* Derry/Londonderry as a sexual space
* how 'country folk' are sexualised in popular culture.
 

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Contents

The production of gay and the return of power
21
Marginality on the tropic
37
towards a dialectic of suburban desire
64
Eroticizing the rural
83
the city the country
102
Anne Lister selfrepresentation and lesbian
147
lesbians in Mexico
165
queer writing and culture
182
stories of gay and lesbian life
199
Mapping decolonization of male homoerotic space in Pacific
217
Devolutionary desires
241
identity politics in Ulster
258
a poet coming to terms
278
Author index
292
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Richard Phillips lectures in Geography at Salford University. His publications include Mapping Men and Empire: A Geography of Adventure (1997). David Shuttleton lectures in English and Film at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has published on eighteenth-century and modern literature, and is the author of Queer Pastoral: Nature, Homosexuality and Modernity. Diane Watt is senior lecturer in English at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She has published an edited collection and a book, both about women's writing and history. She has also written a number of articles about gender and sexuality, and contributed to Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender and Sexuality (1997).

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