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LGBTQ History and Culture: Resources in Special Collections: Gay & lesbian pulp fiction

Introduction

The MSU Libraries have an extensive scholarly collection on gender studies, including academic journals, books and ebooks, and conference proceedings. Within Special Collections, our focus is on collecting the voices of LGBTQ individuals and groups.

What is pulp fiction?

The reference series Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism has a good introductory article about pulp fiction.
 
Michael Bronski introduces gay men's pulp fiction in this article from The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide.
 
Yvonne Keller discusses lesbian pulp fiction in this article from American Quarterly.
 
For contrast, here's a chapter on gay and lesbian literary fiction from A Concise Companion to Postwar American Literature and Culture.

Gay and lesbian pulp fiction: secondary works

Gay pulp fiction has become a focus of scholarship in the last 10-15 years. Titles may be located in Special Collections, in Main, or in the Fine Arts Library.

Finding gay and lesbian pulp fiction

We have extensive holdings of gay pulp fiction in its several manifestations.

The Gay Pulp Paperback Book Collection, a recent donation, includes more than 600 examples of gay men's pulp fiction, primarily from the 1970s. Titles are listed individually in the finding aid.

Works we acquired before receiving this large donation have individual catalog records, and can be searched by author or title.

The keyword search gay and fiction will retrieve about 1800 titles. This will include literary fiction as well as pulp, and secondary works about gay fiction.

Gay men's pulp fiction: selected titles

A few well-known titles, which have all been discussed in secondary sources:

Lesbian pulp fiction: selected titles

A few well-known titles, which have all been discussed in secondary sources:

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