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Cruising Culture

Promiscuity, Desire and American Gay Literature

Ben SantaMaria

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Promiscuous sexuality remains a central source of cultural fear and fascination, as seen in the resurgence of heated debates within American gay culture on its place in the era of AIDS. Cruising Culture provides the first extensive critical examination of competing understandings and experiences of promiscuity, both in post-war American gay culture and in American culture more broadly.

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Cruising Culture develops an important reading of the cultural contradictions of gay promiscuity.
- Journal of American Studies
Gove's book really packs a punch. Rather than perceiving gay popular fiction as a reflection of society's behavioural patterns, he highlights its importance as a catalyst for change. In doing so, he brings the subject to life and makes it more accessible to everyone.
- Time Out
He writes compellingly and accessibly about the complexity of fantasy the ecstasy and the distress of human desire.
- Jonathan Dollimore, author of Sexual Dissidence
I found this a wonderful piece of work. It is first-rate both as cultural critique and as literary analysis.
- Alexander Doty, author of Making Things Perfectly Queer
Rigorous and revealing.
- Gregory Woods, author of A History of Gay Literature

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