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The American Isherwood

James J. Berg and Chris Freeman (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Novelist, memoirist, diarist, and gay pioneer Christopher Isherwood left a wealth of writings. Known for his crisp style and his camera-like precision with detail, Isherwood gained fame for his ... More


Ford Does Isherwood

Kyle Stevens

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines what Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel A Single Man becomes for 2009, how it remembers gay identity in the early 1960s, and how it imagines the “epistemology of the closet” for ... More


Working through Grief in the Drafts of A Single Man

Carola M. Kaplan

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how Christopher Isherwood worked through grief while writing multiple drafts of the novel that was to become A Single Man. Isherwood wrote the drafts during a particularly ... More


Writing the Unspeakable in A Single Man and Mrs. Dalloway

Jamie Carr

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the influence of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway on Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel A Single Man. In his diary in the early 1960s, Isherwood unquestionably praises Woolf’s ... More


A Whole without Transcendence: Isherwood, Woolf, and the Aesthetics of Connection

William R. Handley

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter reads Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel A Single Man and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway as well as James Doolin’s paintings of Los Angeles in order to show how aesthetics relates to ... More


A Real Diamond: The Multicultural World of A Single Man

James J. Berg and Chris Freeman

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Christopher Isherwood’s treatment of the realities of multiculturalism and multiethnicity in his 1964 novel A Single Man. Isherwood’s novel takes place on the campus of San ... More


Secret Agents and Gay Identity: Cold War Queerness

Jaime Harker

in Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679133
eISBN:
9781452948072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679133.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses how Christopher Isherwood used the metaphor of “secret agent” or “spy” to express his message to his gay or “queer” readers. The metaphor was presented in his novel A Single ... More


A Single Man and the American Maurice

Lois Cucullu

in The American Isherwood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683611
eISBN:
9781452949291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter relates Christopher Isherwood’s novel A Single Man to E. M. Forster’s 1913 homosexual fiction Maurice. In the documentary film Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007), home movies show a ... More


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