De-Centering Sexualities : Politics and Representations by R. Phillips

By R. Phillips

This booklet of severe rural geography breaks new flooring by way of drawing recognition to intercourse and sexualities outdoors the city. It explores sexualities and sexual stories in quite a few rural and marginal areas with overseas contributions from a variety of disciplines. those contain: literary and cultural reviews, lesbian and homosexual reviews, geography, background and legislations. one of the themes exposed are:* a lesbian in rural England* sexual lifestyles in rural Wales* sexuality in rural South Africa * scandal within the American South: intercourse, race and politics* nature and homosexuality in literature* Derry/Londonderry as a sexual house* how 'country people' are sexualised in pop culture.

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1994) Straight Sex, London: Virago. Simmons, R. ) Brother to Brother, Boston: Alyson. Sinfield, A. (1997) Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain, 2nd edn, London: Athlone. Sinfield, A. (1998) Gay and After, London: Serpent’s Tail. Smalls, J. , Genders 25:144–93. Weeks, J. (1977) Coming Out, London: Quartet. Welch, D. (1945) Maiden Voyage, London: Routledge. White, E. (1997) The Farewell Symphony, London: Chatto. 34 NON-METROPOLITAN SEXUALITIES 2 MARGINALITY ON THE TROPIC1 Dennis Altman Prologue This piece grew out of a desire to bring together several themes which have preoccupied me over the past decade or so: the debate over Australian identity, both in terms of multiculturalism and our relationship to Asia, the role of intellectuals in this debate, the existing position of homosexuals in a post-gay liberation and, some would say, post-AIDS world.

Like Hobart in the early 1960s this did not seem a good place to live outside the constraints of what mainstream television and the women’s magazines define as ‘normality’. In Rockhampton the sort of gay/lesbian/queer assertion which produces Mardi Gras or ‘queer theory’ seemed far distant. Apart from the inevitable country ‘beat’, in this case centred on one of the city’s parks shared by Aborigines, the homeless, waiting taxi drivers and those men in search of each other, public gay life seemed restricted to one night a week at a local pub where two local lesbians run a ‘gay night’ known as Club Venus.

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