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Shorter Views: Queer Thoughts & the Politics of the Paraliterary

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In Shorter Views, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Samuel R. Delany brings his remarkable intellectual powers to bear on a wide range of topics. Whether he is exploring the deeply felt issues of identity, race, and sexuality, untangling the intricacies of literary theory, or the writing process itself, Delany is one of the most lucid and insightful writers of our time. ...more
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Published August 4th 2000 by Wesleyan University Press
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Sue Burke
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not all science fiction writing is fiction. Shorter Views brings together twenty-six essays and interviews by Samuel R. Delany about being black, being gay, and about science fiction. His fiction has won four Nebula Awards and a Hugo, and his work as an academic literary critic may be the most intellectual in the science fiction field. What makes effective fiction? He says:

“Fiction exists as an extraordinary complex of expectations. Texts that fulfill all these expectations register as moderatel
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Michael
One of the joys of Delany's work is his attention to language and how it works in fantasy and science fiction. His work here and in The Jewel-Hinged Jaw, Longer Views, The American Shore, and elsewhere taught me more about writing and how it works than any class I took.
Morgan Dhu
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Samuel R. Delany is as well-known and respected for his literary and social/queer criticism as he is for his writing of fiction in multiple, often paraliterary, genres, from science fiction to queer erotica. Shorter Views: Queer Thoughts and the Politics of the Paraliterary, a collection of critical essays on race, sexuality, science fiction, and the art of writing, plus a number of interviews on a variety of topics, that demonstrates the breadth and depth of his thinking and his academic work i ...more
Carl
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating interviews and excellent provocations and dissentions on a range of subjects. I have only read a few of the essays, and skimmed others.

Delany's argumentative style moves back and forth between an easy deployment of all manner of scholarship--but particularly literary theory (psychoanalysis and semiotics)--and interesting anecdotes that introduce his themes or provide examples of the point he is making. Being something of a source-hoarder, I was always looking for more footnotes and
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Gloss
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really shouldn't call this seminal, but it is. Delany persuasively makes a comparative case for paraliterature/genres and queered sexualities.
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Samuel Ray Delany, also known as "Chip," is an award-winning American science fiction author. He was born to a prominent black family on April 1, 1942, and raised in Harlem. His mother, Margaret Carey Boyd Delany, was a library clerk in the New York Public Library system. His father, Samuel Ray Delany, Senior, ran a successful Harlem undertaking establishment, Levy & Delany Funeral Home, on 7th Av ...more

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