Narrating The Closet: An Autoethnography Of Same-Sex Attraction (Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives)

Narrating The Closet: An Autoethnography Of Same-Sex Attraction (Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives)

Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction (Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives)

Motivated by the death of his partner, Adams seeks to redefine the closet as a relational construct between all people and all sexualities. The closet is explored at each stage―entering it, inhabiting it, and coming out of it―and strategies are offered for reframing difficult closet experiences. Adams makes use of interviews, personal narratives, and autoethnography to analyze lived, relational experiences of sexuality. This is a must have for scholars and students of gender studies, qualitative research, and for any reader who has felt the closet’s reach.

Review

"Interweaving his own story with interviews, life stories, and media and textual analysis, Tony Adams' Narrating the Closet complicates, theorizes, and enriches our understanding of the closet and the coming out process. Adams explains in a fresh and original way the complexities and potential dangers of coming out, along with the iterative and interactional nature of that process. This book both theorizes the closet and makes that theory real, explicating how the many moments of coming out function in the lives of lesbians and gay men. This is a thought-provoking and highly readable book."

- Jacqueline Taylor, Dean, College...

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