Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History by Heather Love | 9780674026520 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History

Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History

by Heather Love
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674026527

ISBN-13: 9780674026520

Pub. Date: 11/30/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Feeling Backward weighs the costs of the contemporary move to the mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. While the widening tolerance for same-sex marriage and for gay-themed media brings clear benefits, gay assimilation entails other losses-losses that have been hard to identify or mourn, since many aspects of historical gay culture are so closely associated with the

Overview

Feeling Backward weighs the costs of the contemporary move to the mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. While the widening tolerance for same-sex marriage and for gay-themed media brings clear benefits, gay assimilation entails other losses-losses that have been hard to identify or mourn, since many aspects of historical gay culture are so closely associated with the pain and shame of the closet. Heather Love argues that instead of moving on, we need to look backward and consider how this history continues to affect us in the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026520
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Emotional Rescue: The Demands of Queer History 31

2 Forced Exile: Walter Pater's Backward Modernism 53

3 The End of Friendship: Willa Cather's Sad Kindred 72

4 Spoiled Identity: Radclyffe Hall's Unwanted Being 100

5 Impossible Objects: Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Longing for Revolution 129

Epilogue: The Politics of Refusal 146

Notes 165

Acknowledgments 189

Index 193

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