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Vulgar Genres

Gay Pornographic Writing and Contemporary Fiction

Steven Ruszczycky

Vulgar Genres

Steven Ruszczycky

224 pages | 8 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2021
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226788753 Will Publish December 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226788616 Will Publish December 2021
E-book $29.99 ISBN: 9780226788890 Will Publish December 2021
Vulgar Genres examines gay pornographic writing, showing how literary fiction was both informed by pornography and amounts to a commentary on the genre’s relation to queer male erotic life.

Long fixated on visual forms, the field of porn studies is overdue for a book-length study of gay pornographic writing. Steven Ruszczycky delivers with an impressively researched work on the ways gay pornographic writing emerged as a distinct genre in the 1960s and went on to shape queer male subjectivity well into the new millennium.

​Ranging over four decades, Ruszczycky draws on a large archive of pulp novels and short fiction, lifestyle magazines and journals, reviews, editorial statements, and correspondence. He puts these materials in conversation with works by a number of contemporary writers, including William Carney, Dennis Cooper, Samuel Delany, John Rechy, and Matthew Stadler. While focused on the years 1966 to 2005, Vulgar Genres reveals that the history of gay pornographic writing during this period informs much of what has happened online over the past twenty years, from cruising to the production of digital pornographic texts. The result is a milestone in porn studies and an important contribution to the history of gay life.
Contents
List of Figures
Introduction
Chapter 1 William Carney and the Leathermen: Revaluing BDSM in the Pornographic Counterpublics of the 1970s
Chapter 2 Police Cruisers: John Rechy and Samuel Steward Take on the Hot Cop
Chapter 3 Samuel Delany, Scott O’Hara, and the Counterpublic of Sleazehounds: On the Risks of Public Sex in AIDS-Era Pornography
Chapter 4 Boy Problems: Boyd McDonald’s Straight to Hell, Matthew Stadler’s Allan Stein, and the Becoming Historical of Intergenerational Intimacy
Conclusion Going Online: Dennis Cooper and the Piglets
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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