Make Yourself At Home! Adolescents in Search of the Queer Spaces of Home

Lydia Kokkola

Abstract


Home is often assumed to be a safe place, a place to which children can return after their adventures Away. For many gay and lesbian teens, both fictional and in real life, however, the space they share with their family of origin is not a place where they can feel at home. The heterosexual family home is often so hostile to queerly desiring teens that they are forced to leave in search of a place where they can feel at home. The queer spaces they enter in their search are usually considered risky spaces – public spaces, urban spaces, the bar and the street – unhomely spaces. In these temporary, in-between spaces, the queerly desiring teens in the novels examined in this paper form new family structures. Although all the Anglophone novels discussed in this article end on moments of up-lift and hope for the future, the association of the queerly desiring youngster with risky spaces suggests that the queer teens are themselves unheimlich (uncanny).

Keywords: lesbian; gay; YA fiction; homelessness; queer geography;
uncanny



Keywords


lesbian; gay; YA fiction; homelessness; queer geography; uncanny

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14811/clr.v37i0.175

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