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The Queerness of Native American Literature$
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Lisa Tatonetti

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692781

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692781.001.0001

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The Native 1970s

The Native 1970s

Maurice Kenny and Fag Rag

(p.28) Chapter 2 The Native 1970s
The Queerness of Native American Literature

Lisa Tatonetti

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes Maurice Kenny’s early poetry from 1970s queer journals such as Fag Rag. Fag Rag is categorized as a gay male porn magazine because of its inclusion of essays with erotic content and photographs and drawings of male bodies and sexual acts. Through the recovery and analysis of Kenny’s writing from Fag Rag, this chapter expands the understanding of the Native literary canon, showing that the current rise of queer Native studies and Two-Spirit critiques have their roots in an earlier time and in unexpected venues. Kenny’s writing from the periodicals of the gay cultural renaissance also highlights the ways in which Two-Spirit texts have offered new ways of reading, seeing, and imagining the world.

Keywords:   Maurice Kenny, Fag Rag, queer journals, Native literary canon, queer Native studies, Two-Spirit texts, gay cultural renaissance

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