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Andrew M. Butler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318344

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317798

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Strange Bedfellows: Gay Liberation

Strange Bedfellows: Gay Liberation

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(p.152) 11 Strange Bedfellows: Gay Liberation
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317798.012

In The Will to Knowledge (1976), Michel Foucault describes the creation of the homosexual in 1869. The word ‘homosexual’, coined by Karl Maria Kertbeny in 1869, is rarely used in science fiction during the 1970s. Rather than theorising an authentic homosexual identity, science fiction often tackled distinctions between a gendered social identity and a sexed anatomical one. This chapter examines the works of William Carlson, Peter Carey, Walt Leibscher, Ursula Le Guin, John Varley, David Gerrold, Delany and Disch, and their questioning of gender roles as well as homosexuality. It also considers stories by J. G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick, which question the nature of sexuality, as well as films by Jim Sharman (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1976), Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth, 1976) and L. Q. Jones (A Boy and His Dog, 1975).

Keywords:   William Carlson, Peter Carey, science fiction, gender roles, homosexuality, films, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, sexuality, L. Q. Jones, Nicolas Roeg

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