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The Resource The queen's throat : opera, homosexuality, and the mystery of desire, Wayne Koestenbaum

The queen's throat : opera, homosexuality, and the mystery of desire, Wayne Koestenbaum

Label
The queen's throat : opera, homosexuality, and the mystery of desire
Title
The queen's throat
Title remainder
opera, homosexuality, and the mystery of desire
Statement of responsibility
Wayne Koestenbaum
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Until now, silence has surrounded the long-observed affinity of gay men for opera. The Queen's Throat violates the taboo, opens the closet, and shows how various and complex are the threads linking opera and homosexuality. A dazzling, innovative work that will fascinate readers of all sexual persuasions, it is a scrapbook of bright-voiced cadenzas, embroidered with candid confession, freewheeling speculation, and keen wit." "In this passionate love letter to opera, Koestenbaum brilliantly illuminates mysteries of sexuality, fandom, and obsession. Using opera as the lens to bring our yearnings and exultations into startling focus, he treats the opera queen as a trickster-oracle of whom we may ask: Why is opera the preeminent art form of the borderline, of transgression? Why have gay men sought to define themselves by mimicking divas? Why has Maria Callas attracted so much gay adulation? Why do the vocal cords seem a hiding place for sexual secrets? Is the marriage of words and music, in opera, a "queer" marriage? Is the word "queer," coming into controversial currency again, an apt description of opera's nature? And in a breathtaking finale, Koestenbaum sings back to us - in lyrical prose - a series of famous opera highlights. Here, in his "pocket guide to queer moments in opera," he provides a whirlwind demonstration of why opera matters so intensely to its devotees." "Surprisingly relevant to issues beyond the borders of opera and homosexuality, these provocative reflections also encompass manners, camp, spectacle, glamour, gossip, privacy, coming out, and a wide spectrum of sexual pleasures." "The Queen's Throat is also an elegy: writing nearly a quarter century after Stonewall, Koestenbaum communicates a haunted awareness of his separation from the earlier era of the opera queen, and his position within a far different time and generation, in a fin de siecle marked by AIDS and by changing sexual definitions and possibilities."
  • "Exuberant and melancholy, revealing and deeply affecting, The Queen's Throat is an arresting work of literature and cultural history that will appeal to everyone interested in the meanings we give to our erotic and aesthetic experiences."--Jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
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Koestenbaum, Wayne
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Koestenbaum, Wayne
  • Opera
  • Gay men
  • Sex in music
  • Opera
Label
The queen's throat : opera, homosexuality, and the mystery of desire, Wayne Koestenbaum
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: New York : Poseidon Press, c1993
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-255) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
28710235
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Vintage Books ed.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780679749851
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
UMKC: Z Coll. copy forms part of the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America Collection.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1570926
Label
The queen's throat : opera, homosexuality, and the mystery of desire, Wayne Koestenbaum
Publication
Note
Originally published: New York : Poseidon Press, c1993
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-255) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
28710235
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Vintage Books ed.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780679749851
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
UMKC: Z Coll. copy forms part of the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America Collection.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1570926

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