The essay traces the interconnections between aesthetic mode, sexual disclosure, and literary celebrity in White's work and career. 'From early on in his career, White appears to have been convinced of a close link between ... sexuality and literary artistry. White's autobiographical writings, his correspondence, and his fiction elaborate upon this idea, moving between notions of identity as performance and identity as essence. In so doing, his work indicates his uneasy relations to his homosexuality and his celebrity status, both of which he simultaneously embraced and disavowed' (2).
'Although charged by the daemonic, the sacred and extreme, [Porter's] poetics is shot through, too, with awareness of fakery and illusion. Finally, the currents of Porter's work are connective, sparking off and from a lineage of charged poetry, especially, arguabley, of confessionalism, and a tradition of hierophantic poetics. This essay examines Porter's poetics within the context of this lineage' (19).
Putting Tsiolkas's works into a wider context of international writing, the essay is concerned with 'the fictional tradition that either deploys the pornographic, or evokes what might be called a pornographic sensibilty, in order to articulate forms of political and aesthetic radicality' (32).
'The first part of this essay contextualises that community-based discussion by providing analysis and interpretation of publishing trends, with a particular focus on novels and anthologies, and how they were positioned so centrally in community-based commentary. The second part complements and extends the analysis done in part one, reporting new quantitative research on trends in the publishing of Australian gay and lesbian writing during the period 1995-2001. The quantitative research adds descriptive dimensions to the analysis of the relations between the writing and various kinds of publishing, and requires, as a result, a reconfiguration of the field under discussion. In combination with the cultural analysis, it suggests future research needs to take into account what was and is happening in publishing' (43).