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Alan HollinghurstWriting Under the Influence$
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Michèle Mendelssohn and Denis Flannery

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097171

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097171.001.0001

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Ostentatiously discreet: bisexual camp in The Stranger’s Child

Ostentatiously discreet: bisexual camp in The Stranger’s Child

(p.96) 6 Ostentatiously discreet: bisexual camp in The Stranger’s Child
Alan Hollinghurst

Joseph Ronan

Manchester University Press

While many of the characters in Hollinghurst’s most recent novel can be more readily understood as bisexual than homosexual, much of the critical discussion around the text has situated it in terms of a gay identity and literary culture and thus erased its many bisexualities. Much attention has also been drawn to the lack of explicit sex in the novel when compared to Hollinghurst’s earlier works. Viewing the text’s narrative structure and less-direct approach to sex through the lens of bisexual camp, this essay reads in The Stranger’s Child a critique of the persistent rewriting of bisexuality as gay, queer, or immature, and a resistance to the category of the gay novel, which nevertheless anticipates its own reception as one

Keywords:   Bisexuality, Bisexual Camp, Erasure, gay novel, Alan Hollinghurst

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