Cats Can Be Dangerous to Your Relationships: Cats in the Fiction of Jim Grimsley


  • Roman Trušník Tomas Bata University in Zlín



cats in literature, American literature, southern literature, gay literature, Jim Grimsley, The Cathouse Lovers


In the context of culture’s fascination with cats, the present article analyzes the use of felines in two pieces of fiction by the southern writer Jim Grimsley: the short story “The Cathouse Lovers” (1976) and his novel Comfort & Joy (1993 in German, 1999 in English). The two texts differ greatly in terms of the genre, period, as well as the role of cats in the story, yet both of them include the motif of cats that have a negative effect on the romantic and sexual relationships of their human protagonists.

Author Biography

Roman Trušník, Tomas Bata University in Zlín

Roman Trušník is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic. His research focuses on American gay literature after 1945, southern literature, and digital humanities. He is the author of Podoby homosexuálního románu po roce 1945 (Faces of the American Gay Novel after 1945, 2011) and he co-edited Cult Fiction & Cult Film: Multiple Perspectives (2008; with Marcel Arbeit), and six volumes of conference proceedings.


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How to Cite

Trušník, R. (2023). Cats Can Be Dangerous to Your Relationships: Cats in the Fiction of Jim Grimsley. American & British Studies Annual, 16, 85–93.