Title

Embarrassment in 1968: Gore Vidal's sexuality in the public sphere

RIS ID

99696

Publication Details

Davidson, G. R. "Embarrassment in 1968: Gore Vidal's sexuality in the public sphere." Mosaic-A Journal For The Interdisciplinary Study Of Literature 48 .1 (2015): 147-164.

Abstract

In 1968 William F. Buckley, Jr. called Gore Vidal a "queer" on TV, an event that was widely construed as socially embarrassing. This essay investigates the political implications of embarrassment, both in relation to attitudes toward homosexuality in 1968 and in relation to contemporary queer theory.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/mos.2015.0002