Sexuality and literature

It was Virginia Woolf and her A Room of One’s Own, that influenced the women’s’ movement in literature, and societal change, by representing women as writers and as characters in novels. Who will represent homosexuals as writers and characters?

Today, there is a lot of fiction written by successful female authors, and there are many female protagonists in stories.  But what about a homosexual protagonist? I would like to believe society has progressed far enough to where they can see past differences in others, and recognize he or she have feelings, a brain, challenges, etc…just like they do. Out of the many novels I’ve read, I am yet to read about a heroic or supporting character that so happens to be homosexual. There have been hints, however, provided by an author, that the protagonist may indeed not be the traditional heterosexual readers often follow and cheer. The protagonist in Henry Jame’s Turn of the Screw, the governess, may be an example. Readers and literary theorists said she could have had sexual intentions for Mrs. Grose, a supporting character in the novella. IBeing the novella was written and published in the late nineteenth century, in a patriarchal society, it is no surprise the female character was interpreted to suffer hysteria, based on her slightest difference from that culture’s norms ( a monster, which Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s discussed in their dichotomy theory). I will let you read and decide for yourself. That is what reading literature is largely about, and unreliable narrators make it even more exciting in interpreting.

That said, a homosexual protagonist would be original and intriguing move forward for today’s culture. Such a character does not “float my boat”, but that is not the point I am making. The point is for readers and evaluators of literature to see the character with homosexual intentions as human, capable as any other female or male lead, instead of dehumanizing them under strictly a patriarchal or matriarchal dominated society. Why use such labels? Whether the society is led by a male or female should not be an issue, and neither should the character’s sexual orientation. Joe Snow has to travel to Alaska to bury a loved one, and so might another person who happens to be openly homosexual, or even bisexual. They both have the same objective. Knowing she or he is different should not distract readers from the character’s main task; it should not matter.

If there is any popular literature out on the market, something I am missing concerning a homosexual protagonist breakthrough in fiction, please leave references. I want to see literature move our culture ahead, and narration, where the story is not necessarily centered on the character’s sexuality, yet a narration which freely expresses our protagonist as she or he face obstacles, as other characters have, homosexual or heterosexual. Society has showed movement in the homosexual community, therefore I would think it would relevant to see this interpreted in literature.

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