Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies

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The new second edition of Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies by Michelle A. Gibson, Jonathan Alexander, and Deborah T. Meem provides readers with an accessible and riveting introduction to lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) studies. Designed as a text/reader to help students understand the growth and development of LGBT identities and the interdisciplinary nature of sexuality studies, the book combines comprehensive introductory and explanatory material with primary readings and artifacts. The authors provide context (from history, literature and the arts, media and politics, and more) to form a coherent framework for understanding the included debates and readings. This emerging field is complex, multifaceted, and interdisciplinary, but authors Gibson, Alexander, and Meem use instructional apparatus, primary readings, and careful organization to create a clear-cut introduction, ideal for today's students.
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Editorial Reviews

Sarah-Hope Parmeter
“I am most impressed by this book’s blend of comprehensive scope with approachable, intelligent presentation. It provides material valuable for both students new to the field and those taking more advanced courses without excluding either group on the basis of approach or diction . . . I just love this book!”
Mary Armstrong
“This text will give me a way to teach LGBT issues as central—that is, NOT as tangents, add-ons, or side issues, but as a central area of inquiry . . . This text is by far the best thing I have seen, and it is head and shoulders above any other possibilities.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452235288
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 246,141
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Gibson is Professor Emerita of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her scholarship focuses on sexuality studies and pedagogy. Her most recent writing applies queer and postmodern identity theories to pedagogical practice and popular culture. In retirement, she writes and publishes poetry and maintains a blog called ProfSpazz at With Jonathan Alexander, she edited QP: Queer Poetry, an online poetry journal, and she and Alexander also edited a strain of JAC (Journal of Advanced Composition) titled “Queer Composition(s).” With Deborah Meem, she coedited Femme/Butch: New Considerations of the Way We Want to Go (2002) and Lesbian Academic Couples (2005).

Jonathan Alexander is professor of English and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. He is a three-time recipient of the Ellen Nold Award for Best Articles in the field of computers and composition studies, and in 2011 was awarded the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Computers and Writing. His books include Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies (2008) and Digital Youth: Emerging Literacies on the World Wide Web (2005); the coedited collections Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges (2011), Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others (2004), and Role Play: Distance Learning and the Teaching of Writing (2006); and the coauthored books Argument Now: A Brief Rhetoric (2005) and Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Composition (2014).

Deborah T. Meem is professor and head of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her academic specialties are Victorian literature, lesbian studies, and the nineteenth-century woman’s novel. She earned a PhD from Stony Brook University in 1985. Her work has appeared in Journal of the History of Sexuality, Feminist Teacher, Studies in Popular Culture, and elsewhere. She has edited three works by Victorian novelist and journalist Eliza Lynn Linton: The Rebel of the Family (Broadview, 2002), Realities (Valancourt, 2010), and The Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland (Victorian Secrets, 2011). With Michelle Gibson, she has coedited Femme/Butch: New Considerations of the Way We Want to Go (2002) and Lesbian Academic Couples (2005), both published by Haworth Press. With Jonathan Alexander, she wrote “Dorian Gray, Tom Ripley, and the Queer Closet” (CLCWeb 2003).

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Table of Contents

1. Before Identity: The Ancient World through the Nineteenth Century
2. Sexology: Constructing the Modern Homosexual
3. Toward Liberation
4. Stonewall and Beyond
5. Nature, Nurture, and Identity
6. Inclusion and Equality
7. Queer Diversities
8. Intersectionalities
9. Homo-sexed Art and Literature
10. Lesbian Pulp Novels and Gay Physique Pictorials
11. Queer Transgressions
12. Censorship and Moral Panic
13. Film and Television
14. Queers and the Internet
15. The Politics of Location: Alternative Media and the Search for Queer Space
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