This volume explores and aggressively expands the provocative field of sexual identity studies. It covers the history of the terms "gay" and "lesbian" as identity categories, the reclamation of the word "queer" as a term of radical self identification, and the challenges to sexual identity studies posed by transgender and bisexual theories. Donald E. Hall also offers concrete applications of the abstract theories that he explores with imaginative readings of works such as "The Yellow Wallpaper", "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", "Orlando" and "The Color Purple".
DONALD E. HALL is Professor of English at California State University, Northridge. AE(00): He is a prolific author is this field, whose books include Fixing Patriarchy: Feminism and Mid-Victorian Male Novelists (also published by Macmillan), Muscular Christianity: Embodying the Victorian Age (editor), RePresenting Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire (co-editor). His forthcoming work includes Literary and Cultural Theory: From Basic Principles to Advanced Applications, and special issues of the journals Nineteenth-Century Prose (on Victorian Cultural Production) and Victorian Poetry (on Victorian Sexualities and Poetic Representation)