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ERIC Number: EJ856053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Richard Halliburton's Bearded Tales
Morris, Charles E., III
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v95 n2 p123-147 May 2009
Fusing the concept of "the beard" with the genre of the tall tale to theorize bearded tales deepens our understanding of closet eloquence, or rhetorical repertories of sexual passing in U.S. history. An examination of adventurer-writer-lecturer Richard Halliburton's sexual provenance and bestselling travel tale, "The Royal Road to Romance" (1925), illustrates how such autobiographical feints conceal and confound queer subjectivity by proximate heteronormative apparitions that configure straight ethos. At the same time, these fragile constructions gesture toward queer worlds inscribed between the lines for the fourth persona while reflecting upon the exile of archives, and the queer legacy of bearding. (Contains 109 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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