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  • Titill er á ensku Reality or Internalized Homophobia? The Representation of Gay Men's Lives in Alan Hollinghurst's "The Line of Beauty"
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    This thesis concerns the attitude to homosexuality in Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty and argues that its representation of the lives of gay men exhibits a kind of internalized homophobia. I present my thesis within the theoretical framework of queer theory. I begin by explaining what the gay novel is and its characteristics. Then I talk about the queer theory; its definition and its general assumptions and focuses are explained. I then apply it to a reading of the novel. What is more, the paper also challenges the origins of the theory, attempting to interpret the queer theory not only as a deconstructing theory, but rather a mix with an essentialist view. In the next two sections I focus more on the novel. The section three considers the experience of gay men living in a straight society with special reference to “coming out” in its first part, and political as well as society’s responses to homosexuality in the latter part. In chapter four I expose further themes present in this gay novel, which makes the thesis statement even stronger with its exposure of the rather not happy aspects of being a gay man in the literature. Furthermore I also touch upon the subject of the AIDS epidemic. Later on in that chapter I discuss further proof of internal homophobia by its exhibition of the internal exclusions and other struggles of being member of the gay community.

  • 2.5.2014

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