Quertext: An Anthology of Queer Voices from German-Speaking Europe (Hardcover)

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By Gary Schmidt (Editor), Merrill Cole (Editor)


Knowing that queer voices have been making themselves heard in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria decades before Stonewall, editors Gary Schmidt and Merrill Cole curated thrilling snapshots of prose fiction from more than twenty contemporary writers whose work defies stereotypes, disciplines, and expectations. These authors produce fiction for adults and young people that celebrates the multiplicity of the present, casts a queer eye on the past, and interrogates LGBTQ+ futures.

These outstanding texts exemplify the glittering variety of styles, themes, settings, and subjects addressed by openly queer authors who write in German today. They explore identity, sexuality, history, fantasy, loss, and discovery. Their authors, narrators, and characters explore gender nonconformity and living queer everywhere from city centers to rural communities. They are gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and nonbinary. They are exiles, immigrants, and travelers through time and space.

Witty, titillating, and a delight to read, Quertext opens up new worlds of experience for readers interested in queer life beyond the Anglophone world.

Featuring work by Jürgen Bauer • Ella Blix • Claudia Breitsprecher • Lovis Cassaris • Gunther Geltinger • Joachim Helfer • Odile Kennel • Friedrich Kröhnke • Anja Kümmel • Marko Martin • Hans Pleschinski • Christoph Poschenrieder • Peter Rehberg • Michael Roes • Sasha Marianna Salzmann • Angela Steidele • Antje Rávik Strubel • Alain Claude Sulzer • Antje Wagner • J. Walther • Tania Witte • Yusuf Yeşilöz

About the Author

Gary Schmidt is the department chair and a professor of German at Coastal Carolina University. He is the author of books including The Nazi Abduction of Ganymede: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Postwar German Literature. Merrill Cole is a professor of English at Western Illinois University. His books include The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality.

Praise For…

Quertext reveals the startling breadth of gay, lesbian, bi, trans, and queer experiences in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria today. From coming out and gay bashing to queer marriage and parenting and caring for the elderly, this collection emphasizes the diversity of queer life in central Europe.”—Robert Tobin, Clark University
Product Details
ISBN: 9780299333805
ISBN-10: 0299333809
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: August 24th, 2021
Pages: 264
Language: English