Hard to Imagine: Gay Male Eroticism in Photography and Film from Their Beginnings to Stonewall / Edition 1

Hard to Imagine: Gay Male Eroticism in Photography and Film from Their Beginnings to Stonewall / Edition 1

by Thomas Waugh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231099983

ISBN-13: 9780231099981

Pub. Date: 12/05/1996

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Spanning more than a century of photography and film, Hard to Imagine is the first visual chronicle of the evolution of gay male image culture, from the canonical works of "art" photography and cinema to the private and often highly explicit productions of amateurs. This comprehensive work explores a vast, eclectic tradition in its totality, analyzing the

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Spanning more than a century of photography and film, Hard to Imagine is the first visual chronicle of the evolution of gay male image culture, from the canonical works of "art" photography and cinema to the private and often highly explicit productions of amateurs. This comprehensive work explores a vast, eclectic tradition in its totality, analyzing the aesthetics of the visual imagery, its production, circulation, and consumption, and broad social and legal implications.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231099981
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/05/1996
Series:
Between Men~Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
7.35(w) x 10.33(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Preface
Ch. 1Beginnings1
Reclaiming a Cultural Heritage1
Nineteenth-Century Roots: The Emergence of Photography as the Privileged Medium for Gay Eroticism21
Image Patterns That Keep Coming Up40
Ch. 2Art and Arousal59
Academic Photography61
The Pictorialist Generation71
The Glamour Generation102
The Road to Stonewall140
Ch. 3Strength and Stealth176
The Physical Culture Movement of the Fin-de-Siecle177
The German Frei Korper Kultur Movement191
Pioneering North American Developments (1918-1945)205
The Kinsey Generation: The Golden Age of Magazines and Mail Order (1945-1963)215
The Movies253
Coda: Chronology of Persecution, Censorship, and Resistance (1945-1969)273
Ch. 4"(Oh Horror!) Those Filthy Photos": Illicit Photography and Film284
"Partouze" Photography (1880-1930)285
Stag Movies309
The Modern Era of Illicit Photography322
Gay-Centered Cinema (1930-1969)351
Ch. 5Law, Science, and Politics366
The Lens of the Law368
Hirschfeld376
Kinsey389
Erotic Images and the Gay Movement402
Endings417
Notes421
Bibliography445
Index455

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