Backward Glances: Cruising Queer Streets in London and New York

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Backward Glances is an exploration of the history of male street cruising. Too often in discussions of urban space and interpretations of urban culture, streetwalking implies a rigid model for the way we inhabit the streets. Beginning with the simple premise that we all walk the streets differently, Mark Turner suggests that male cruising operates through encounter and connection rather than alienation, and that it is the defining experience of what it means to be modern.

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Overview


Backward Glances is an exploration of the history of male street cruising. Too often in discussions of urban space and interpretations of urban culture, streetwalking implies a rigid model for the way we inhabit the streets. Beginning with the simple premise that we all walk the streets differently, Mark Turner suggests that male cruising operates through encounter and connection rather than alienation, and that it is the defining experience of what it means to be modern.

Backward Glances is the first gay urban history of its kind, examining these issues across a range of cultural material, including novels, poems, pornography, journalism, gay guides, paintings, the internet, and fragments of writing about the city such as Whitman's notebooks and David Hockney's graffiti. It provides a new way of understanding what it means for a man to walk the streets of the modern Western city.

Backward Glances is aimed at all those interested in the culture of the city, queer cultural history and the appropriation of public space.

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"Backward Glances is worthy of our attention, providing considerable insight into a largely invisible--and certainly a very lively--feature of the urban landscape."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861891808
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/17/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


American author Mark Turner is Lecturer in English at King's College, University of London.
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Table of Contents


Preface
1. Ambiguous Cities
2. Cruising Modernity
3. London: Mysteries of the Passers-by
4. New York: City of Orgies, Walks and Joys
5. Backward Glances at Whitman
Epilogue: Cruisingforsex
References
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
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