In a playful, yet scholarly romp through "low" and "high" culture, Jonathan Allan asks why--since we all have one and use it every day--do we squirm at the mere mention of the anus? How is it that Kim Kardashian's derriere can break the internet, Pippa Middleton's behind can create a "butt lift" craze, and yet we cannot handle a discussion of anality? And why, given that we all have one, has the anus been caught up in the very "ground zero of gayness"?
"Acknowledgements - vii Introduction (No Wrong Doors: An Entryway) - 1 1. Anal Theory, or Reading from Behind - 23 2. Orienting Virginity - 49 3. Topping from the Bottom: Anne Tenino's Frat Boy and Toppy - 63 4. Orienting Brokeback Mountain - 81 5. Spanking Colonialism - 111 6. Unlocking Delmira Agustini's ""El Intruso"" - 129 7. Shameful Matrophilia in Dona Herlinda y su hijo - 147 8. Vengeful Vidal - 169 Notes - 189 References - 223 Index - 241"
"An excellent read not just about the 'behind,' but about representation and the meaning-making we do about the human body, and more specifically, about masculinity, sexuality, power, and relationships. This book is for anyone coming to grips with the complexity of gender and sexuality." ~Robert Heasley, co-author of Sexual Lives
"A remarkably fresh and original contribution. With Reading from Behind, Allan emerges as a widely respected critical voice of his generation" ~David William Foster, author of Sexual Textualities