Rural queer experience is often hidden or ignored, and presumed to be alienating, lacking, and incomplete without connections to a gay culture that exists in an urban elsewhere. Queering the Countryside offers the first comprehensive look at queer desires found in rural America from a genuinely multi-disciplinary perspective. This collection of original essays confronts the assumption that queer desires depend upon urban life for meaning.
“This new book is the first detailed and comprehensive study of queer desire in rural American and it does so from a multi-disciplinary perspective….What we read here challenges us to look at our experiences in ways that have a great deal more to form identity.”
—Reviews by Amos Lassen
“Rather than simply populating rural landscapes with queer folk who, in multiple senses, have been there all along, Queering the Countryside opens with a much more ambitious question: What would the study of life in the countryside look like if it pushed past its historic dependence on the fantasy-ridden spatial dichotomy between rural and urban? Imaginative, capacious, and complex.”
—Kath Weston, author of Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship
“Together these essays gift scholars with a new chapter in the rural turn that further cracks the foundations of metronormativity. Welcome to the backwoods of North America and the forefront of queer studies.”
—Scott Herring, author of Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism
“Queering the Countryside operationalizes the ‘rural’ as a queer analytic that serves as a productive framework to rethink the relationship between sexuality, space, and place. It is a welcomed addition to the queer studies canon.”
—E. Patrick Johnson, author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History
“This collection of essays is, in many ways, an important contribution to the study of LGBT individual living in rural areas.”
“These interdisciplinary essays, taken together, are generally successful in rejecting stereotypes of non-urban queer life as one of isolation and alienation.”
—Journal of American History
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