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Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis prioritizes the role of the Fabulous, an underdeveloped critical concept, in the construction of gay male literature and film. Building on Heather Love's observation that queer communities possess a seemingly magical ability to transform shame into pride - queer alchemy - I argue that gay males have created a genre of fiction that draws on this alchemical power through their uses of the Fabulous: fabulous realism. To highlight the multifarious nature of the Fabulous, I examine Thomas Gustafson's film Were the World Mine, Tomson Highway's novel Kiss of the Fur Queen, and Quentin Crisp's memoir The Naked Civil Servant.
Buzny, Andrew John, "Queer Alchemy: Fabulousness in Gay Male Literature and Film" (2010). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4485.
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