chapter  2
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The Other Other or More of the Same? Women’s Representations of Homosexual Men

I make no apology for speaking about character, or, indeed, about characters, plural. In as far as it is useful to think of ‘gay fiction’ as being about rather than necessarily by homosexual people, one is forced to consider, in the first instance, representations of homosexual characters. Books themselves do not, strictly speaking, have sexualities; but the people in them do. What we call gay fiction has been written primarily in order to satisfy a need for narratives about how homosexual people live and die. Such narratives are intended for homosexual readers, to show them themselves, as it were, reflected in a literature of their own; or for heterosexual readers, to broaden their minds; or for boththe main point being, in any case, to render the homosexual individual visible.