Speaking in Queer Tongues : Globalization and Gay Language

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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Language is a fundamental tool for shaping identity and community, including the expression (or repression) of sexual desire. Speaking in Queer Tongues investigates the tensions and adaptations that occur when processes of globalization bring one system of gay or lesbian language into contact with another.Western constructions of gay culture are now circulating widely beyond the boundaries of Western nations due to influences as diverse as Internet communication, global dissemination of entertainment and other media, increased travel and tourism, migration, displacement, and transnational citizenship. The authority claimed by these constructions, and by the linguistic codes embedded in them, is causing them to have a profound impact on public and private expressions of homosexuality in locations as diverse as sub-Saharan Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia and Israel. Examining a wide range of global cultures, Speaking in Queer Tongues presents essays on topics that include old versus new sexual vocabularies, the rhetoric of gay-oriented magazines and news media, verbal and nonverbalized sexual imagery in poetry and popular culture, and the linguistic consequences of the globalized gay rights movement.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Globalization and "New" Articulations of Same-Sex Desirep. 1
Vague English Creole: (Gay English) Cooperative Discourse in the French Gay Pressp. 23
Qwir-English Code-Mixing in Germany: Constructing a Rainbow of Identitiesp. 46
French, English, and the Idea of Gay Language in Montrealp. 72
Dancing on the Needle's Edge: Gay Lingo in an Israeli Discop. 105
Language, Belonging, and (Homo)sexual Citizenship in Cape Town, South Africap. 134
Takatapui, Gay, or Just Ho-mo-sexual, Darling? Maori Language, Sexual Terminology, and Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealandp. 163
"Authentic, of Course!": Gay Language in Indonesia and Cultures of Belongingp. 181
Gay Adaptation, Tom-Dee Resistance, and Kathoey Indifference: Thailand's Gender/Sex Minorities and the Episodic Allure of Queer Englishp. 202
Pajaration and Transculturation: Language and Meaning in Miami's Cuban American Gay Worldsp. 231
Mother Knows Best: Black Gay Vernacular and Transgressive Domestic Spacep. 251
Contributorsp. 279
Indexp. 283
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