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On Display at Clarkston: July 2015

A guide for the content of Georgia State Unierversity's Perimeter College Clarkston Library's bulletin board displays.

LGBTQ Resources Part I

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In light of the Supreme Court's Decision legalizing same sex marriage, this display celebrates books and DVD's, by and about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals. There is fiction, nonfiction, classics, anthologies, mystery, love stories, and more.

Twentieth Century Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Memoir

Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle.
New York: Bantam Books, 1988.
Call # PS3552.R698 R8 1988b
Born a bastard, Molly Bolt is adopted by a dirt-poor Southern couple who want something better for their daughter. Molly plays doctor with the boys, beats up Leroy the tub and loses her virginity to her girlfriend in sixth grade.

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Burroughs, William S. Cities of the Red Night.
New York: H. Holt & Co., 1995.
Call # PS3552.U75 C5 1995
While young men wage war against an evil empire of zealous mutants, the population of this modern inferno is afflicted with the epidemic of a radioactive virus.

Burroughs, William S. Naked Lunch.
New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1992.
Call # PS3552.U75 N3 1992
Naked Lunch is the unnerving tale of a monumental descent into the hellish world of a narcotics addict as he travels from New York to Tangiers, then into Interzone, a nightmarish modern urban wasteland in which the forces of good and evil vie for control of the individual and all of humanity.

Cunningham, Michael. The Hours.
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998.
Call # PS3553.U484 H68 1998
In a novel of love, family inheritance, and desperation, the author offers a fictional account of Virginia Woolf's last days and her friendship with a poet living in his mother's shadow

Genet, Jean. The Blacks: A Clown Show.
New York: Grove Press, 1960.
Call # PQ2613.E53 N43
In form, it flows as freely as an improvisation, with fantasy, allegory and intimations of reality mingled into a weird, stirring unity. . . . Genet’s investigation of the color black begins where most plays of this burning theme leave off. . . . This vastly gifted Frenchman uses shocking words and images to cry out at the pretensions and injustices of our world. . . .

Genet, Jean. Our Lady of the Flowers.
New York: Grove Press, 1963.
Call # PQ2613.E53 O9 1963
A lyrical portrait of the criminal underground of Paris and the thieves, murderers and pimps who occupied it. Genet approached this world through his protagonist, Divine, a male transvestite prostitute. In the world of Our Lady of the Flowers, moral conventions are turned on their head. Sinners are portrayed as saints and when evil is not celebrated outright, it is at least viewed with a benign indifference.

Genet, Jean. Treasurse of the Night: The Collected Poems of Jean Genet.
San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1981.
Call # PQ2613.E53 A24
In a framework of traditional French versification, the eternal and universal themes of poetry and prose, life and death, love and indifference, water and earth, day and night, reality and illusion are reunited and reevaluated, leading the reader along a spiritual road of discovery and enlightenment, where the blindman see and the loser wins.
Finch, Peter. "Translator's Preface." Treasures of the Night: The Collected Poems of Jean Genet. Jean Genet. San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1981. n.p. Print.

The Hours  Naked Lunch 

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Highsmith, Patricia. Strangers on a Train.
New York: W.W. Norton, 2001.
Call # PS3558.I366 S77 2001
The world of Patricia Highsmith has always been filled with ordinary people, all of whom are capable of very ordinary crimes. This theme was present from the beginning, when her debut, Strangers on a Train, galvanized the reading public. Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him.

Isherwood, Christopher. The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr. Norris, Goodbye to Berlin.
New York: New Directions, 1963.
Call # PR6017.S5 B4 1963
A charming city of avenues and cafes, a grotesque city of night-people and fantasts, a dangerous city of vice and intrigue, a powerful city of millionaires and mobs -- all this was Berlin in 1931, the period when Hitler was beginning his move to power.

Isherwood, Christopher. Christopher and his Kind 1929-1939.
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1976.
Call # PR6017.S5 Z498
In November 1929, Christopher Isherwood - determined to become a "permanent foreigner" - packed a rucksack and two suitcases and left England on a one-way ticket for Berlin. With incredible candour (sic) and wit, Isherwood recalls the decadence of Berlin's night scene and his route to sexual liberation. As the Nazis rise to power, Isherwood describes his dramatic struggle to save his partner Heinz from persecution.

Kawabata, Yasumari. Snow Country and Thousand Cranes.
New York: Knopf, 1969.
Call # PL832.A9 Y813 1969
At an isolated mountain hot spring, with snow blanketing every surface, Shimamura, a wealthy dilettante meets Komako, a lowly geisha. She gives herself to him fully and without remorse, despite knowing that their passion cannot last and that the affair can have only one outcome.

While attending a traditional tea ceremony in the aftermath of his parents’ deaths, Kikuji encounters his father’s former mistress, Mrs. Ota. At first Kikuji is appalled by her indelicate nature, but it is not long before he succumbs to passion—a passion with tragic and unforeseen consequences, not just for the two lovers, but also for Mrs. Ota’s daughter, to whom Kikuji’s attachments soon extend.

Kushner, Tony. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.
New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2003.
Call # PS3561.U778 A85 2003
Dramatizes the effects of AIDS on the United States through the experiences of lawyer Roy Cohn, a Mormon couple, and a young man called Prior Walter.

Lorde, Audre Zami: A New Spelling of my Name.
Berkeley: Crossing Press, 1982.
Call # PS3562.O75 Z23 1982b
The poet, Audre Lorde, depicts her life and examines the influence of various women on her development.

Mishima, Yukio. Patriotism.
New York: New Directions Books, 1995.
Call # PL833.I7 Y8513 1995
"Was it death he was now waiting for? Or a wild ecstasy of the senses?" For the young army officer of Yukio Mishima's seminal story, Patriotism, death and ecstasy become elementally intertwined. With his unique rigor and passion, Mishima hones in on the body as the great tragic stage for all we call social, ritual, political.

Mishima, Yukio. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion.
New York: Perigee Books, 1980.
Call # PL833.I7 K5513 1980
Mizoguchi has been mentally troubled since he witnessed his mother's infidelity in the presence of his dying father. Mizoguchi feels utterly abandoned and alone until he becomes a pdest at Kinka-kuji, a famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Failing in his quest to find the warmth of human companionship in the temple, the young man, tormented by the temple's exquisite beauty, decides to destroy himself and all he loves. He feels he cannot live in peace as long as the temple exists. Mizoguchi, like many other troubled Mishima heroes, becomes obsessed with unattainable ideals.

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Purdy, James. Cabot Wright Begins.
New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1964.
Call # PS3531.U426 C3
Cabot Wright is a handsome, Yale-educated stockbroker and scion of a good family. He also happens to be the convicted rapist of nearly three hundred women. Bernie Gladhart is a naive used-car salesman from Chicago, who—spurred on by his ambitious wife—decides to travel to Brooklyn and write the Great American Novel about the recently paroled Cabot Wright.

Purdy, James. Dream Palaces: Three Novels.
New York: Viking Press, 1980.
Call # PS3531.U426 D7 1980
Three novels provide witty glances at a young man's bizarre adventures, life in a small American town, and the relationship of two brothers and the loss of innocence

Renault, Mary. The Bull from the Sea.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1962.
Call # PR6035.E55 B8 1962
In The Bull from the Sea, the story of Theseus resumes with the hero’s return from Knossos. In the wake of his father’s suicide, Athens is now Theseus’s to rule. With his close friend Pirithoos, Theseus sets out for the land of the Amazons, falling in love with their beautiful leader, Hippolyta. Her boldness and sense of honor match his own, but though they’re happy and bear a son, tragedy lies ahead. The Athenians mistrust the foreign Hippolyta, and Theseus is forced to marry Phaedra, his betrothed. War wracks the land, and brings with it death that will change the Athenian king forever. As the darkness gathers, a valiant hero’s life draws poignantly to a close.

Renault, Mary. The Persian Boy.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1972.
Call # PR6035.E55 P4
The Persian Boy centers on the most tempestuous years of Alexander the Great’s life, as seen through the eyes of his lover and most faithful attendant, Bagoas.

Vidal, Gore. The City and the Pillar.
New York: Vintage International, 2003.
Call # PS3543.I26 C5 2003
Jim Willard, former high-school athlete and clean-cut boy-next-door-, is haunted by the memory of a romanctic adolescent encounter with his friend Bob Ford. As Jim pursues his first love, in awe of the very same masculinity he possesses himself, his progresss through the secret gay world of 1940's America unveils surreptitious Hollywood affairs, the hidden life of the military in the Second World War and the underworld bar culture of New York City.

Vidal, Gore. Lincoln, a Novel
New York: Random House, 1984.
Call # PS3543.I26 L5 1984
Lincoln is the cornerstone of Gore Vidal's fictional American chronicle, which includes Burr, 1876, Washington, D.C., Empire, and Hollywood. It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861, when President-elect Abraham Lincoln slips into Washington, flanked by two bodyguards. The future president is in disguise, for there is talk of a plot to murder him. During the next four years there will be numerous plots to murder this man who has sworn to unite a disintegrating nation.

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.
Call # PS3573.A425 C6 1992
The lives of two sisters--Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates--are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.

Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie.
New York: New Directions, 1999.
Call # PS3545.I5365 G5 1999
Amanda Wingfield, a faded Southern belle of middle age, shares a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son Tom, in his early twenties, and his slightly older sister, Laura. Although she is a survivor and a pragmatist, Amanda yearns for the comforts and admiration she remembers from her days as a fêted debutante. She worries especially about the future of her daughter Laura, a young woman with a limp (an aftereffect of bout of polio) and a tremulous insecurity about the outside world.

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Williams, Tennessee. Streetcar Named Desire.
New York: New American Library, 1951.
Call # PS3545.I5365 S8 1951
It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared 57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.

Winterson, Jeanette. Oranges are NOT the Only Fruit.
New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1987.
Call # PR6073.I558 O7 1987
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.

Winterson, Jeanette. Sexing the Cherry.
New York: Vintage Books, 1991.
Call # PR6073.I558 S4 1991
In a fantastic world that is and is not seventeenth-century England, a baby is found floating in the Thames. The child, Jordan, is rescued by Dog Woman and grows up to travel the world like Gulliver, though he finds that the world’s most curious oddities come from his own mind.

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway.
Orlando: Harcourt, 2005.
Call # PR6045.O72 M7 2005
A poignant portrayal of the thoughts and events that comprise one day in a woman's life

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own.
New York: Harcourt, Brace: 1957.
Call # PR6045.O72 Z474 1957
Originally published in October 1929, A Room of One's Own was based on a series of lectures Woolf gave at Girton and Newnham Colleges in Cambridge during the previous year. The overriding theme concerns the conditions necessary to allow a woman to write for a living in a society (her own) that is a patriarchy.

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse.
Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981.
Call # PR6045.O72 T6 1981
Set in the summer home of an English family, the novel unfolds through shifting perspectives of each character's stream of consciousness, recalling childhood emotions and highlights of adult relationships. Shifts occur even mid-sentence, and in some sense they resemble the rotating beam of the lighthouse.

Openly Straight   Ash

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Twenty-First Century Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Memoir

Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Call # PN6727.B3757 Z46 2006
offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.

Brown, Rita Mae. Catch as Cat Can.
New York: Bantam Books, 2002.
Call # PS3552.R698 C44 2002
The unsuspicious death of fast-living Roger O'Bannon at the Wrecker's Ball turns into a murder mystery when a second body is discovered, a situation that prompts "Harry" Haristeen and her feline sleuth, Mrs. Murphy, to find a connection between the two victims.

Brown, Rita Mae. Nose for Justice: A Novel.
New York: Ballantine Books, 2010.
Call # PS3552.R698 N67 2010
With her high-powered Wall Street job in the rearview mirror, thirty-four-year-old Mags Rogers arrives at her great-aunt Jeep Reed’s sprawling Nevada ranch to reassemble her life. In the passenger seat is Mags’s beloved wirehaired dachshund, Baxter. At Jeep’s side—to Baxter’s distress—is Jeep’s loyal German Shepherd mix, King. The growlings are mutual. Then someone pipe-bombs Red Rock Valley’s pumping station, endangering the water supply.

Carlton-Trujillo, E. E. Fat Angie.
Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2013.
Call # PS3603.H3767 F38 2014
Fat Angie's sister was captured in Iraq, she's the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?

Cronn-Mills, Kirstin. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.
Woodbury: MN: Flux, 2012.
Call # PS3603.R6635 B43 2012
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered.

Feinberg, Leslie. Stone Butch Blues.
Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2003.
Call # PS3556.E427 S76 2003
This powerful, provocative and deeply moving novel sees Jess coming full circle, she learns to accept the complexities of being a transgendered person in a world demanding simple explanations: a he-she emerging whole, weathering the turbulence.

Feinstein, John. Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery.
New York: Yearling, 2006.
Call # PS3556.E433 L37 2006
After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

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Konigsberg, Bill Openly Straight.
New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013.
Call # PS3611.O58475 O64 2013
Tired of being known as "the gay kid," Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

Kushner, Tony. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.
York: Theatre Communications Group, 2003.
Call # PS3561.U778 A85 2003
Dramatizes the effects of AIDS on the United States through the experiences of lawyer Roy Cohn, a Mormon couple, and a young man called Prior Walter.

Lo, Malinda. Adaptation.
New York: Little Brown, 2013.
Call # PS3612.O22 A65 2013
In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese's friend Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.

Lo, Malinda. Ash.
New York: Little Brown and Co., 2010.
Call # PS3612.O22 A84 2009
In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

Maroh, Julie. Blue is the Warmest Color.
Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013.
Call # PN6747.M36 B5413 2013
Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out.

Snow Country and 1000 Cranes Palahniuk, Chuck. Beautiful You.
New York: Doubleday, 2014.
Call # PS3566.A4554 B43 2014
Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like?

Purdy, James. Eustace Chisholm and the Works.
New York: Carroll & Graf, 2005.
Call # PS3531.U426 E97 2005
No Purdy work has dazzled contemporary writers more than this haunting tale of unrequited love in an indifferent world. A seedy Depression-era boardinghouse in Chicago plays host to “a game of emotional chairs” in a novel initially condemned for its frank depiction of abortion, homosexuality, and life on the margins of American society.

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Sanchez, Alex. Getting It.
New York: Simon Pulse, 2007
Call # PS3619.A518 G48 2007
Hoping to impress a sexy female classmate, fifteen-year-old Carlos secretly hires gay student Sal to give him an image makeover, in exchange for Carlos's help in forming a Gay-Straight Alliance at their Texas high school.

Sledge, Michael. The More I Owe You: A Novel.
Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2010.
Call # PS3619.L43 M67 2010
The intensely private and much-revered real-life poet Elizabeth Bishop is vividly and imaginatively portrayed in Sledge's debut novel about Elizabeth's time in Brazil and her lengthy relationship with the riveting, mercurial Lota de Macedo Soares.

Walker, Alice. Hard Times Require Furious Dancing.
Novato, CA: New World Library, 2010.
Call # PS3573.A425 H37 2010
Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one." So writes Alice Walker in this new book of poems, poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home.

Waters, Sarah. The Paying Guests.
New York: Riverhead Books, 2014.
Call # PR6073.A828 P39 2014
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

Winterson, Jeanette. Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?
New York: Grover Press, 2011.
Call # PR6073.I558 Z46 2011b
This memoir is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother by the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

Stone Butch Blues   Street Car Named Desire

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LGBTQ Resources Part IIA

Anthologies of LGBTQ Literature

Burton, Peter. The Mammoth Book of Gay Short Stories.
New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1997.
Call # PS648.H57 M35 1997
This superb new collection of literary fiction, about gay men, by gay men, and for gay men, comprises the best of gay literature since the 1950s.

Carbado, Deyon W., Dwight A. McBride, and Donald Weise. Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual African American Fiction.
San Francisco: Cleis Press, 2002.
Call # PS648.H57 B58 2002
A landmark collection of the exemplars of "black queer writing." This award-winning anthology shows impressive depth and breadth, spanning the early beginnings of the Harlem Renaissance to modern writers.

LGBTQ Resources Part II

Leavitt, David and Mark L. Mitchell. Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories.
Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories. New York: Viking, 1994.
Call # PR1309.H57 P46 1994
This collection of thirty-nine stories celebrates the diversity and unity of gay love and experience in the twentieth century.

Luczak, Raymond. Eyes of Desire: A Deaf Gay & Lesbian Reader.
Boston: Alyson Publications, 1993.
Call # PS509.H57 E9 1993
In a collection of essays, deaf lesbians and gay men discuss their lives, describing how they discovered their sexual identity, overcame barriers to communication in a hearing world, and created a deaf gay and lesbian culture.

Morrow, Bruce and Charles H. Rowell. Shade: An Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent.
New York: Avon Books, 1996.
Call # PS648.H57 S46 1996
In the Black gay literary tradition that includes such gifted American writers as James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Countee Cullen, Shade is the first anthology devoted exclusively to fiction by contemporary Black gay writers.

Black Like Us

White, Edmund. The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction.
Boston: Faber and Faber, 1991.
Call # PR1309.H57 F33 1991
Explores expressions of homosexuality in English and American literature. This selection reveals the diffidence and confidence of gay writers. Works by voices of 20th century literature - James Baldwin and Tennessee Williams - are matched by writers of promise.

White Edmund and Donald Weise. Fresh Men.
New York: Carroll & Graf, 2004.
Call # PS648.H57 F74 2004
With equal parts sensitivity and irreverence, Fresh Men speaks to the broad range of gay experiences. From stories of coming out, coming of age, self-representation and family to sex and love in the time of AIDS, from living in the closet to loving in a post-gay world, this book highlights the complexities of gay life.

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19th Century and Classic LGBTQ Fiction, Drama, Poetry, and Memoir

Aristotle and Ackrill, J.L. A New Aristotle Reader.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987.
Call # B407 .A24 1987b
In a single volume that will be of service to philosophy students of all levels and to their teachers, this reader provides modern, accurate translations of the texts necessary for a careful study of most aspects of Aristotle's philosophy.

Maier, John R. Gilgamesh: A Reader.
Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1997.
Call # PJ3771.G6 G55 1997
More than a dozen essays by a variety of scholars offer a wide variety of interpretations and elaborations on this classic myth.
Eileen H. Kramer

Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick or the Whale.
New York: Penguin Books, 2001.
PS2384 .M6 2001c #
A literary classic that wasn't recognized for its merits until decades after its publication, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick tells the tale of a whaling ship and its crew, who are carried progressively further out to sea by the fiery Captain Ahab. Obsessed with killing the massive whale, which had previously bitten off Ahab's leg, the seasoned seafarer steers his ship to confront the creature, while the rest of the shipmates, including the young narrator, Ishmael, and the harpoon expert, Queequeg, must contend with their increasingly dire journey.

Melville, Herman. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life.
Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1968.
Call # PS2380 .F68
Almost from the time of its publication early in 1846, Melville's first book, based on his own travels in the South Seas, has been recognized as a classic in the literature of travel and adventure.

Aristotle Reader

Plato, Ferrari, Givoanni R. F., and Griffith, Tom. Republic.
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Call # JC71 .P35 2000
First published in 2000, this translation of one of the great works of Western political thought is based on the assumption that when Plato chose the dialogue form for his writing, he intended these dialogues to sound like conversations - although conversations of a philosophical sort.

Plato and Richards, Ivor Armstrong. Plato's Republic
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1966.
Call # JC71 .P35 1966
A classic, mid 20th Century translation of Plato's Republic.
Eileen H. Kramer

Sandars, Nancy K. The Epic of Gilgamesh: An English Version with an Introduction.
New York: Penguin Books, 1972.
Call # PJ3771.G5 E5 1972
Miraculously preserved on clay tablets deciphered only in the last century, the cycle of poems collected around the character of Gilgamesh, the great king of Ukruk, tells of his long and arduous journey to the Spring of Youth, of his encounters with monsters and gods and of his friendship with Enkidu, the wild man from the hills. Also included in the epic is a legend of the Flood, which agrees in many details with the biblical story of Noah.

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004.
Call # PS3201 2004
Whitman employs the cadence of simple, even idiomatic speech to "sing" national identity. Throughout his prolific career, Whitman continually revised and expanded Leaves of Grass, which went through nine editions. This volume include the first edition, the final, authorized "Death-Bed" edition, and selections of the best poems from preceding editions and other sources.

Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
Call # PR5819 .A1 1981
It is the spectator, and not life that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.
Wilde, Oscar. "Preface." Picture of Dorian Gray. 1908. Web. 6 July 2015.

Nobody Knows my Name  Lovers and Beloveds

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LGBTQ Related Literaery Nonfiction

Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time.
New York: Vintage International, 1993.
Call # E185.61 .B195 1993
The powerful evocation of a childhood in Harlem that helped to galvanize the early days of the civil rights movement examines the deep consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic.

Baldwin, James. Nobody Knows my Name: More Notes of a Native Son.
New York: Dial Press, 1961.
Call # E185.61 .B197
Told with Baldwin's characteristically unflinching honesty, this collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to the role of the writer in society, and offers personal accounts of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer and other writers.

Black, Naomi. Virginia Woolf as a Feminist.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004.
Call # PR6045.O72 Z558 2004
Before the Second World War and long before the second wave of feminism, Virginia Woolf argued that women's experience, particularly in the women's movement, could be the basis for transformative social change.

Bram, Christopher. Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers who Changed America.
New York: Twelve, 2012.
Call # PS153.G38 B73 2012
Describes how the trailblazing, post-war gay literary figures, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and Allen Ginsberg, paved the way for newer generations, including Armistead Maupin, Edmund White, and Edward Albee.

Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences.
New York: Random House, 2002.
Call # HV6533.K3 C3 2002
The intensively researched, atmospheric narrative of the lives of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, and of the two men, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, who brutally killed them on the night of November 15, 1959, is the seminal work of the "new journalism."

Heidel Alexander. The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.
Call # PJ3771.G6 H4 1963
With the same careful scholarship shown in his previous volume, The Babylonian Genesis, Heidel interprets the famous Gilgamesh Epic and other related Babylonian and Assyrian documents. He compares them with corresponding portions of the Old Testament in order to determine the inherent historical relationship of Hebrew and Mesopotamian ideas.

Kugle, Scott Alan. Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims.
New York: NYU Press, 2014.
Call # BP188.14.H65 K84 2014
Living Out Islam documents the rarely-heard voices of Muslims who live in secular democratic countries and who are gay, lesbian, and transgender.

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Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches.
Berkeley: Crossing Press, 2007.
Call # PS3562.O75 S5 2007
Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.

Richards, Gary. Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction. 1936-1961.
Baton Rouge: Louisianna State University Press, 2007.
Call # PS374.H63 R53 2007
A challenge to traditional criticism, this engaging study demonstrates that issues of sexuality-and same-sex desire in particular-were of central importance in the literary production of the Southern Renaissance. Especially during the end of that period-approximately the 1940s and 1950s-the national literary establishment tacitly designated the South as an allowable setting for fictionalized deviancy, thus permitting southern writers tremendous freedom to explore sexual otherness.

The Picture of Dorian Gray  Eyes of Desire

Roper, Robert. Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and his Brothers in the Civil War.
New York: Walker & Co., 2008.
Call # PS3233 .R67 2008
A profile of the Whitman family evaluates how their war experiences reflected the progression of the Civil War, in an account that traces Walt's work as a nurse, his brother George's military service, and their correspondence with other family members.

Schenkar, Joan. The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 2009.
Call #
PS3558.I366 Z87 2009
Patricia Highsmith, one of the great writers of 20th Century American fiction, had a life as darkly compelling as that of her favorite "hero-criminal," talented Tom Ripley. In this revolutionary biography, Joan Schenkar paints a riveting portrait, from Highsmith's birth in Texas to Hitchcock's filming of her first novel, Strangers On a Train, to her long, strange, self-exile in Europe.

Schwarz, A.B. Christa. Gay Voices in the Harlem Renaissance
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2003.
Call # PS153.G38 S39 2003
This groundbreaking study explores the Harlem Renaissance as a literary phenomenon fundamentally shaped by same-sex-interested men. Christa Schwarz focuses on Countée Cullen, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Richard Bruce Nugent and explores these writers’ sexually dissident or gay literary voices.

Tinsley, Omise'eke Natasha. Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism Between Women in Coaribbean Literature.
Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.
Call # PN849.C3 T56 2010
In Thiefing Sugar, Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley explores the poetry and prose of Caribbean women writers, revealing in their imagery a rich tradition of erotic relations between women.

Toibin, Colm. Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature.
New York: Scribner, 2002.
Call # PS153.G38 T65 2002
Tóibín examines the life and work of some of the greatest and most influential writers of the past two centuries, figures whose homosexuality remained hidden or oblique for much of their lives, either by choice or necessity.

Wilson, Emily R. The Death of Socrates.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University PRess, 2007.
Call # B317 .W55 2007
There were heroic lives and deaths before and after, but none quite like Socrates'. He did not die by sword or spear, braving all to defend home and country, but as a condemned criminal, swallowing a painless dose of poison. And yet Socrates' death in 399 BCE has figured large in our world ever since, shaping how we think about heroism and celebrity, religion and family life, state control and individual freedom, the distance of intellectual life from daily activity--many of the key coordinates of Western culture.

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LGBTQ Resources Part IIB

LGBTQ Resources Part II

LGBTQ Documentary Films

Boys Don't Cry.
Jeffrey Sharp et. al. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .B69 2009
A transgendered youth starts living as a man, and assumes the name Brandon Teena. He moves to a tiny Nebraska town and begins making new friends under his new identity. All goes well until his new friends discover his secret. Based on a true story about hope, fear, and the courage it takes to be yourself.

Bullied: A Student, a School, and a Case that Made History.
Bill Brummel et. al. Southern Poverty Law Center, 2010. DVD.
Call # DVD LB3013.32 .B848 2010
Tells an inspiring story of a young gay man who took a stand against the bullying he experienced in school. Designed to create empathy for victims and to encourage others to take action. Part one provides standards-aligned activities for classroom viewing of Bullied. In part two, guidance is offered for educators to create environments that are safe for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.

Call Me Kuchu.
Katherine F. Wright et. al. Cinedigm Entertainment, 2013. DVD.
Call # DVD HQ76.3.U33 C35 2013
: In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia. But one year into filming and just three weeks after a landmark legal victory, David is brutally murdered. This depicts the last year in the life of a courageous man whose wisdom, achievements and memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates.

Call Me Kuchu.
Katherine F. Wright et. al. Cinedigm Entertainment, 2013. DVD.
Call # DVD HQ76.3.U33 C35 2013
: In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia. But one year into filming and just three weeks after a landmark legal victory, David is brutally murdered. This depicts the last year in the life of a courageous man whose wisdom, achievements and memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates.

Coming Out Party
Hicks Rene et. al. Un-Cabaret Multi/Media, 2003. DVD.
Call # DVD HQ75.15 .C66 2003
Seven gay and lesbian comic storytellers share their personal stories of "coming out" to family, friends and co-workers, and living "out" and proud.

Fish Out of Water.
Ky Dickens. et. al. First run Features, 2009. DVD.
Call # DVD BS680.H67 F574 2009
Explores the Biblical passages used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination.

Laramie Project.
Moises Kaufman et. al. Warner Home Video, 2010. DVD.
Call # PN1997.2 .L3724 2010
In October 1998, 21 year-old Matthew Shepard had been found savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.

Call me Kuchu

Matthew Shepard Story.
John Wierick et. al. Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, 2010. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .M383 2010
In a senseless act of hatred, openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998. This critically-acclaimed, moving film recounts the final days of Matthew's killers' trial -- and the weeks leading to Matthew's death.

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Out in the Open.
Matthew Smith et. al. Breaking Glass Pictures, 2013. DVD.
Call # DVD HQ73 .O88 2013
Out in the Open will, once and for all, destroy the misconceptions, fears, and myths about the LGBTQ community. This uplifting documentary is geared toward at-risk youth across the world, as well as their families, friends, and teachers.

Out Late.
Beatrice Alda and Jennifer Brooke. First Run Features, 2011. DVD.
Call # DVD HQ76.27.O44 O98 2011
Five individuals make the courageous and life-altering decision to come out as a lesbian, gay, or transgender, after the age of 55. Why did they wait so long to come out? And what was the turning point that caused each of them to openly declare their sexuality?

Stonewall Uprising.
Q-Ball Productions and WGBH Educational Foundation. PBS Distribution, 2011. DVD.
Call # DVD HQ76.8.U5 S76 2011
Explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

Tennessee Williams and the American South.
Ilona Grundmann et. al. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2005. DVD.
Call # DVD PS3545.I5365 Z8455 2005
Discusses the life of the playwright, his family, the social and economic situation of the South and the effect these had on his writing. Includes scenes from his most memorable works, footage of a television interview, and a reenactment of the life of the young Williams.

Stephen Fry et. al. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2002. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .W57775 2002
Notorious poet and playwright Oscar Wilde devours all that life has to offer, but there's only so much that late Victorian England will tolerate. As Wilde delves into a taboo world of unrealized homosexual desire, his life rapidly becomes a turbulent charade. He cannot escape the repercussions wrought by a "pure" society, nor will he hide in shame for being true to his nature.

Boys Don't Cry  Eminent Outlaws

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LGBTQ Feature Films

Aimee & Jaguar.
Gunter Rohrbach et. al. Zeitgeist Video, 2001. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .A376 2001
During World War II in the Battle of Berlin, two women find each other. One is single, Jaguar; the other, Aime?e, is unhappily married and mother to four sons. In war-torn Germany it was not safe to be Jewish; it was just as unsafe to be a lesbian. Trouble results when Aime?e's husband, who is a German soldier, finds out about his wife's relationship to Jaguar.

Before Night Falls.
Julian Schnabel et. al. New Line Home Entertainment, 2001. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .B394 2001
A look at the life of Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States.

Blue is the Warmest Color.
Dir. Prod. Screenwriter Abellatif Keechiche. Criterion Collection, 2014. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .V539 2014
Blue is the Warmest Color stars the remarkable newcomer Ade?le Exarchopoulos as a high schooler who, much to her own surprise, plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twentysomething art student, played by Le?a Seydoux.

Andrew Lazar et. al. Artisan Home Entertainment, 2000. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .B6848 2000
A mobster, his mistress, and her lover--a tough female ex-con--are caught in a dangerous plot with over $2 million of the mob's money at stake.

Aimee & Jaguar

Brokeback Mountain.
Ang Lee et. al. Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2006. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .B755 2006b
It's 1963, a time in the United States when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start.

Perf. Liza Minelli et. al. Warner Home Video, 2003. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .C315 2003
An egocentric American girl dreams of becoming a star while working in a third-rate Berlin cabaret.

Bennett Miller et. al. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .C36 2006
In 1959, Truman Capote was a popular writer for The New Yorker. He learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Halcomb, Kansas. Inspired by the story, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to do research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, In Cold Blood.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Williams, Tennessee. warner Home Video, 1999. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .C385 1999
A story of deception which is destroying a patriarchal Southern family as its members gather for the imminent demise of their "Big Daddy."

Color Purple.
Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Wohoopi Goldberg. Warner Home Video, 2007. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .C688 2007
The heart-wrenching story of a young black girl in the early 20th century who is forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister.

Dog Day Afternoon.
Perf. Al Pacino. Warner Home Video, 1997. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .D665 1997
: Based on actual events that took place one hot August afternoon in 1972, the movie recreates the incredible circumstances surrounding an ill-fated Brooklyn bank robbery attempt.

Fight Club.
Art Linson et. al. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2002. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .F545 2002
When a ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a soap salesman channel their aggresion into therapeutic "fight clubs", an eccentric woman gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.


Fried Green Tomatoes.
Bates, Kathy et. al. Universal Home Video, 1999. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .F75 1999
A chance encounter in a nursing home leads to an unexpected friendship between a dowdy housewife and a spry octagenarian who tells her the story of a fiercely independent woman half a century ago, inspiring the housewife to change her life, often with hilarious results.

Gods & Monsters.
Condon Bill et. al. Lions Gate Home Entertainment, 2003. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .G56 2003
It's 1957, and Hollywood horror director James Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The invisible man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images from his past. When his dour housekeeper Hannah hires handsome young gardener Clayton Boone, the gay director and the simple yardman develop an unlikely friendship.

Hannah Free.
Wendy Jo Carlton et. al. Wolfe Video, LLC 2010. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .H3559 2010
Tells the moving story of the lifelong love affair between two very different women. Weaving between past and present, the story reveals how they maintained their love affair despite a marriage, a world war, infidelity, and family denial.

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Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love.
Maria Maggenti et. al. New Line Home Entertainment, 2004. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .I4855 2004
This coming of age comedy tells the story of two very different teenagers whose friendship develops into an unlikely romance.

Ma Vie en Rose/My Life in Pink.
Vander Stappen et. al. Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1999. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .M223 1999
Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation and guilt--as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble.

Gus Van Sant. et. al. Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2009. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .M5445 2009
His life changed history, his courage changed lives. Harvey Milk is a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, becomes a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he is elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977, the first openly-gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city's mayor, George Moscone, are shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blames his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board.

Orange is the New Black.
Prod., Screenwriter Michael Trim. Dir. Liz Friedman. et. al. Lions Gate Entertainment, 2014. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1992.77.O69 O7 2014
Follows Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.

Christopher Sheppard et. al. Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1999. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .O76 1999
Orlando, an English nobleman, defies the laws of nature with surprising results. Immortal and highly imaginative, he undergoes a series of extraordinary transformations that humorously, hauntingly illustrate the eternal war between the sexes.

Dee Rees et. al. Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2012. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .P3735 2012
Alike is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity--sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Lianne Halfon et. al. Summit Entertainment, 2013. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .P424 2013
A high school freshman, always watching from the sidelines, is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

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Single Man.
Tom Ford et. al. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2010. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .S5766 2010
After the death of his longtime partner, a British college professor in Los Angeles struggles to find meaning in his life. As he dwells in the past, he begins to contemplate suicide. A series of events and encounters will lead him to question if there really is a meaning to his life after all.

A Streetcar Named Desire.
Elia Kazan et. al. Warner Home Video, 2006. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .S776 2006
After being exiled from her hometown of Auriol, Mississippi for seducing a seventeen-year-old boy at the school where she taught English, Blanche DuBois arrives unexpectedly at the New Orleans home of her pregnant sister Stella Kowalski and her husband Stanley. Stanley, both repulsed and attracted to Blanche, discovers that she has mortgaged property left to both sisters and spent all the money whereby he sets about discovering everything else he can about her past. Tension between Blanche and Stanley builds as time passes and is intensified when Blanche begins dating one of Stanley's poker buddies.

Suddenly Last Summer.
Auth. Tenessee Williams. Perf. Elizabeth Taylor, Clift Montgomery, and Kathrine Hepburn. Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .S834 2000
Beautiful Catherine Holly is committed to a mental institution after witnessing the horrible death of her cousin at the hands of cannibals. Her rich aunt tries to influence a young neurosurgeon to surgically end Catherine's haunting hallucinations. By utilizing injections of truth serum, the neurosurgeon discovers that Catherine's delusions are in fact true and must confront the rich aunt about her own involvement in her son's violent death.

The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Anthony Minghella et. al. Paramount Pictures, 2000. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997 .T335 2000b
Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. He's hired to go to Italy to bring back the playboy son of a millionaire and soon is plunged into a daring scheme of duplicity, lies and murder.

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y tu Mama Tambien.
Jorge Vergara et. al. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2002. DVD.
Call # DVD PN1997.2 .Y22 2002
Two teens set off on a wild cross-country trip with seductive, 28-year-old Luisa. Lisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her destroy their friendship forever?

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