Can This Reader Be Saved?

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The following remarks were offered by the author at a panel discussion comprised of G&LR contributors at the Equality Forum conference in Philadelphia in May. Moderated by editor Richard Schneider, the other panelists were Andrew Holleran, Mark Merlis, and Natalie Hope McDonald (who discussed the paper on AIDS literature that appears in this issue). As suggested by Bergman’s piece, much of the discussion focused on the continued viability of literary gay fiction in an era of declining readership, burgeoning media options, and GLBT assimilationism.

GLBT writing, like any minority writing, is driven by at least four dynamics.

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