Although gay, lesbian, and queer theory are related practices, the three terms delineate separate emphases marked by different assumptions about the relationship between gender and sexuality.
The Harlem Renaissance, an African-American literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s, included several important gay and lesbian writers.
Oscar Wilde is important both as an accomplished writer and as a symbolic figure who exemplified a way of being homosexual at a pivotal moment in the emergence of gay consciousness.
Langston Hughes, whose literary legacy is enormous and varied, was closeted, but homosexuality was an important influence on his literary imagination, and many of his poems may be read as gay texts.
Conflicted over his own sexuality, Tennessee Williams wrote directly about homosexuality only in his short stories, his poetry, and his late plays.
Erotic and pornographic works have been written in many cultures since ancient times and recently have flourished with the relaxation of censorship.
Feminist literary theory is a complex, dynamic area of study that draws from a wide range of critical theories.
James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality.
Vanessa Selbst (left) interviewed after her victory.
Congratulations to Vanessa Selbst, who won the 2013 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Title to become the highest earning woman in professional poker. Her tournament winnings of $1,424,000 pushed her earnings past $6,000,000. Before winning the tournament, Selbst had announced her engagement to her girlfriend.
Stephen Bartley reports on the PokerStarsBlog that Selbst's achievement is enormous.
"To consider Selbst's career in mere numbers misses the enormity of her achievements," he writes. "Since 2006 Selbst has won numerous major titles, including two World Series of Poker bracelets, two NAPT main events, and the Partouche main event. The PCA becomes the latest, and it won't be the last."
Selbst told Bartley that she plays for the money and joy of the game, not statistics. "There's plenty of room for women to get involved in this game, to get really good at it, and to beat all the guys," she said.
A native of Brooklyn, Selbst attended MIT her freshman year of college, but transferred to and graduated from Yale University. She is currently pursuing a law degree at Yale Law School, with the intention of litigating in the field of civil rights law.
As an undergraduate at Yale, she was head of the Yale Queer-Straight Alliance.
On January 4, 2013, Selbst proposed to her girlfriend, who promptly accepted.
In the video below, Sarah Grant of PokerStars.tv asks Selbst about her victory and enthusiastically congratulates her on her engagement.