Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past


Winner of two Lambda Rising Awards. "A landmark of a book and a landmark of ideas that will shatter ignorance and delusion."—Catharine Stimpson.

Without peer, Hidden from History gathers together the works of the most exciting scholars in the dynamic field of homosexual studies, making this a ground-breaking and provocative work that reveals the history of gays and lesbians in different cultures and eras. Photos.

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Winner of two Lambda Rising Awards. "A landmark of a book and a landmark of ideas that will shatter ignorance and delusion."—Catharine Stimpson.

Without peer, Hidden from History gathers together the works of the most exciting scholars in the dynamic field of homosexual studies, making this a ground-breaking and provocative work that reveals the history of gays and lesbians in different cultures and eras. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
By exploring homosexuality in a wide range of times and places, the 30 essays in this ground-breaking anthology suggest that definitions of ``normal'' sexuality differ widely from one culture to the next. Contributions deal with women who passed as men in 19th-century America, Russia's gay literature and subculture since the 1917 revolution, ``mine marriages'' in South Africa's gold mines, and San Francisco's gay community. There are essays on lesbian sexuality in medieval Europe, among American Indian tribes, in avant-garde Paris. The contributors explore the complex interplay between same-sex relationships, definitions of self and societal attitudes toward homosexuality. Duberman is the author of Paul Robeson , Vicinus teaches at the University of Michigan and Chauncey is a post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers. (Nov.)
Library Journal
``. . . Homosexuality is not merely a personal characteristic to be alternately ignored or celebrated, as some historians have assumed, but a significant influence on the lives of individuals and on patterns of cultural organizations in ways historians need to acknowledge.'' This anthology redresses this influence in 30 essays of the last decade by prominent gay historians. Previously published pieces have been revised, and ten completely new essays were commissioned. The juxtaposition of diverse perspectives and research crossing boundaries of race, gender, culture, and time encourages a lively dialogue. Highly recommended for history collections, and especially gay studies.-- James E. Van Buskirk, Acad. of Art Coll. Lib., San Francisco
An anthology comprising 29 essays examining the social organization and meaning of same-sex relations among groups as diverse as black South African miners, the Samurai and Kabuki of 17th-century Japan, and American sailors and clergymen during World War I. The essays reveal private lives, as well as illuminating well-known historical phenomena. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452010673
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1990
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 926,866
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction George Chauncey, Jr., Martin Duberman, Martha Vicinus

The Ancient World
Revolutions, Universals, and Sexual Categories John Boswell
Sex Before Sexuality: Pederasty, Politics, and Power in Classical Athens David M. Halperin
Sexual Matters: Rethinking Sexuality in History Robert Padgug

Preindustrial Societies
Lesbian Sexuality in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Judith C. Brown
Homosexuality and the State in Late Imperial China Vivien W. Ng
Homosexuality in the Renaissance: Behavior, Identity, and Artistic Expression James M. Saslow
Lesbians in American Indian Cultures Paula Gunn Allen
Male Love in Early Modern Japan: A Literary Depiction of the "Youth" Paul Gordon Schalow
The Birth of the Queen: Sodomy and the Emergence of Gender Equality in Modern Culture, 1660–1750 Randolph Trumbach
Sodomy in the Dutch Republic During the Eighteenth Century Arend H. Huussen, Jr.

The Nineteenth Century
"Writhing Bedfellows" in Antebellum South Carolina: Historical Interpretation and the Politics of Evidence Martin Duberman
Knights-Errant and Gothic Seducers: The Representation of Male Friendship in Mid-Nineteenth Century America Robert K. Martin
"She Even Chewed Tobacco": A Pictorial Narrative of Passing Women in America San Francisco Lesbian and Gay History Project
Inverts, Perverts, and Mary-Annes: Male Prostitution and the Regulation of Homosexuality in England in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Jeffrey Weeks
Distance and Desire: English Boarding School Friendships, 1870–1920 Martha Vicinus

Early Twentieth Century
Iconography of a Scandal: Political Cartoons and the Eulenburg Affair in Wilhelmin Germany James D. Steakley
Discourses of Sexuality and Subjectivity: The New Woman, 1870–1936 Carroll Smith-Rosenberg
The Mythic Mannish Lesbian: Radclyffe Hall and the New Woman Esther Newton
Christian Brotherhood or Sexual Perversion? Homosexual Identities and the Construction of Sexual Boundaries in the World War I Era George Chauncey, Jr.
A Spectacle in Color: The Lesbian and Gay Subculture of Jazz Age Harlem Eric Garber
Paris Lesbianism and the Politics of Reaction, 1900–1940 Shari Benstock
Russia's Gay Literature and Culture: The Impact of the October Revolution Simon Karlinsky
Swastika, Pink Triangle, and Yellow Star: The Destruction of Sexology and the Persecution of Homosexuals in Nazi Germany Erwin J. Haeberle

World War II and the Postwar Era
Marching to a Different Drummer: Lesbian and Gay GIs in World War II Allan Berube
"Imagine My Surprise": Women's Relationships in Mid-Twentieth Century America Leila J. Rupp
Migrancy and Male Sexuality on the South African Gold Mines T. Dunbar Moodie (with Vivienne Ndatshe and British Sibuyi)
Oral History and the Study of Sexuality in the Lesbian Community: Buffalo, New York, 1940–1960 Madeline Davis and Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy
Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Revolution: Notes Toward an Understanding of the Cuban Lesbian and Gay Male Experience Lourdes Arguelles and B. Ruby Rich
Gay Politics and Community in San Francisco Since World War II John D'Emilio

Notes on Contributors

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