How to Be Gay

How to Be Gay

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by David M. Halperin
     
 

A pioneer of LGBTQ studies dares to suggest that gayness is a way of being that gay men must learn from one another to become who they are. The genius of gay culture resides in some of its most despised stereotypes—aestheticism, snobbery, melodrama, glamour, caricatures of women, and obsession with mothers—and in the social meaning of style.See more details below

Overview

A pioneer of LGBTQ studies dares to suggest that gayness is a way of being that gay men must learn from one another to become who they are. The genius of gay culture resides in some of its most despised stereotypes—aestheticism, snobbery, melodrama, glamour, caricatures of women, and obsession with mothers—and in the social meaning of style.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674066793
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
966,282
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

David M. Halperin is W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Table of Contents

Part 1 B+ Could Try Harder

1 Diary of a Scandal 3

2 History of an Error 33

Part 2 American Falsettos

3 Gay Identity and Its Discontents 69

4 Homosexuality's Closet 82

5 What's Gayer Than Gay? 88

6 The Queen Is not Dead 109

Part 3 Why are the Drag Queens Laughing?

7 Culture and Genre 129

8 The Passion of the Crawford 149

9 Suffering in Quotation Marks 186

10 The Beauty and the Camp 201

Part 4 Mommie Queerest

11 Gay Family Romance 223

12 Men Act, Women Appear 242

13 The Sexual Politics of Genre 260

14 Tragedy into Melodrama 282

Part 5 Bitch Baskets

15 Gay Femininity 301

16 Gender and Genre 322

17 The Meaning of Style 355

18 Irony and Misogyny 376

Part 6 What Is Gay Culture?

19 Judy Garland versus Identity Art 401

20 Culture versus Subculture 421

21 Queer Forever 432

Notes 459

Acknowledgments 527

Index 535

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