Sex and Sensibility in the Novels of Alan Hollinghurst

Editors: Mathuray, Mark (Ed.)

  • - Challenging, original essays- Deals with controversial aspects of Hollinghurst’s work and its relation to contemporary queer politics- Places Hollinghurst’s works within the emerging currents of queer and contemporary British fiction

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This book is a challenging and engaging collection of original essays on the novels of Alan Hollinghurst, Britain’s foremost gay writer and the English novel’s master stylist. The essays engage the precarious and shifting relationship between sex and literary sensibility in his novels and, thus, also attempt to establish the parameters of a new critical discourse for future research on Hollinghurst’s novel, queer theory and the contemporary literary representations of masculinity and sexuality. By coupling the consideration of Hollinghurst’s aesthetics, his sensuously evocative style, to an interrogation of the social, political and sexual currents in his texts, the contributors of this collection provide distinctive interpretations of Hollinghurst’s novels, from Hollinghurst’s uncovering of a gay artistic heritage to his re-signification of earlier English literary styles, from his engagement with the Symbolist fin de siècle to his critique of aestheticism, etc., whilst paying close attention to the formally innovative qualities of his texts.

About the authors

Mark Mathuray is a Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK where he previously held a Leverhulme Fellowship. He has published various articles on religious discourses and sublime dissonances in African Literature and contemporary fiction and a monograph, On the Sacred in African Literature: Old Gods and New Worlds (Palgrave, 2009). 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: ‘From Cocks to Haute Cuisine, Arses to Architecture’

    Mathuray, Mark

    Pages 1-12

  • Homosexualising the Novel: Alan Hollinghurst, Ronald Firbank and The Swimming-Pool Library

    Vlitos, Paul

    Pages 13-33

  • A Conflicted Inheritance: The Opposing Styles of Wilde, Forster and Firbank in The Swimming-Pool Library

    Horton, Emily

    Pages 35-55

  • Framing the Object of Desire: The Politics of Art in The Folding Star

    Avery, Simon

    Pages 57-73

  • The Mirror, The City and The Sea: Investigating Intertextuality in The Folding Star

    Leggett, Bianca

    Pages 75-94

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Hardcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sex and Sensibility in the Novels of Alan Hollinghurst
Editors
  • Mark Mathuray
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33722-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-33722-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-33721-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 202
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