i-burn-i-pine-i-perish said: hi! love the tumblr, i just wondered if you had any book recs that specifically were about/examples of queer theory as a concept./ whether you had any classic (also hopefully ones older than 1950s? if not thats fine!) queer recs that aren't just about white gay dudes. Thanks!
I haven’t read a lot of queer theory myself, but Queer Theory: An Introduction by Annamarie Jagose and Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer by Riki Anne Wilchins might be good places to start. The works of Judith Butler, Sara Ahmed and José Esteban Muñoz have also been recommended to me.
For queer books older than the 1950s that don’t just feature white dudes, here’s a few:
- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1871)
- Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-century French Hermaphrodite by Herculine Barbin, translated by Richard McDougall (mid 1800s)
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf (1928)
- The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall (1928)
- The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein (1933)
- Nightwood by Djuna Barnes (1936)
However, all of these (as far as I know) were written by and feature white people. I had a hard time finding any queer works pre-1950 by people of color, but here are a few “queer classics” by people of color from 1950-1990:
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (1956)
- City of Night by John Rechy (1963)
- Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (1974)
- Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde (1982)
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)
As always, readers who know any more books that fit this ask are encouraged to reblog and recommend!