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Ugly DifferencesQueer Female Sexuality in the Underground$
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Yetta Howard

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041884

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041884.001.0001

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Ugliness, Underground, Queer Difference

Ugliness, Underground, Queer Difference

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Ugliness, Underground, Queer Difference
Source:
Ugly Differences
Author(s):

Yetta Howard

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041884.003.0001

The introductory chapter of Ugly Differences provides a theoretical overview of the book and its central interventions on the concepts of ugliness and the underground. It turns to early-twentieth-century examples by Gertrude Stein and Claude McKay to frame genealogical connections between ugliness and queer female difference. This literary history highlights the roles that avant-garde, experimental, primitivist, and vernacular approaches to cultural production play in reflecting nondominant subjects whose differences are routed through de-privileged sites of the aesthetic.

Keywords:   Ugliness, Underground, Difference, Primitivism, Experimentation, Gertrude Stein, Claude McKay

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