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Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film, The : A History and Annotated Bibliography

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  • Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film, The : A History and Annotated Bibliography
  • Author: Drewey Wayne Gunn
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • Year: 2005
  • Country: US
  • 336 pages
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In 1953, Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile was published, marking the first time a gay sleuth was featured in a novel. Although nearly ten years would pass before another figure of this kind would appear in print, such characters have increased significantly in the years since. In this book, scholar Drewey Wayne Gunn provides a context for this subgenre by examining the history of the gay male sleuth from his beginnings in The Heart in Exile through the pulp novels of the 1960s and 1970s and into mainstream works of the twenty-first century.

The second part of this book is an annotated bibliography, listing books with gay and bisexual sleuths and secret agents that appeared between 1953 and 2004. It also features films and videos with gay sleuths that appeared from 1966 through 2004. With more than 600 novels, over 100 movies, and nearly 20 television or video series, this is the most comprehensive bibliography ever assembled on this unique subgenre.

Qvamp says:

There is a surprisingly large overlap between gay male horror and gay male sleuth novels. Often when a 'monster' is at work, detectives are brought in to try to figure out what is going on, and are slowly lead into the 'supernatural world.'

Academic in nature, this book includes sections on Sleuths Using the Supernatural, Sleuths up against the Supernatural, A Supernatural Sleuth and Sleuths in Techno-Thrillers.

A fantastic reference for those into this subgenre.

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