Vulnerable Households: Cold War Containment and Robert Duncan's Queered Nation

  title={Vulnerable Households: Cold War Containment and Robert Duncan's Queered Nation},
  author={Eric Keenaghan},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  pages={57 - 90}
  • Eric Keenaghan
  • Published 2 November 2005
  • Art
  • Journal of Modern Literature
His early essay "The Homosexual in Society" (1944, revised 1959), the same-sex erotica of his early collection Caesars Gate (1972, origi nally published 1955), and his undaunted use of homosexual themes throughout his oeuvre concretize Robert Duncan's formidable contribution to a gay male American literary tradition. As friend and fellow poet Thorn Gunn remarked in 1979, he should be regarded as the "chief originator" of "a way of speaking about homosexuality" even though he produced "the work… 

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