The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader [NOOK Book]


First Published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The biggest and most comprehensive multi-disciplinary anthology of critical work in lesbian/gay studies brings together 42 groundbreaking essays which extensively illustrate the range, scope, diversity, appeal, and power of the work currently being done in the field. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of sexuality, ...

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First Published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The biggest and most comprehensive multi-disciplinary anthology of critical work in lesbian/gay studies brings together 42 groundbreaking essays which extensively illustrate the range, scope, diversity, appeal, and power of the work currently being done in the field. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of sexuality, sexual politics, and gender studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"At a moment when homosexual rights are at issue in school curricula, political party conventions, state and city referendums, religious institutions, the military, and even St. Patrick's Day parades, this book offers a broad, diverse, challenging, serious introduction to a wide range of scholarship in the emerging field of gay and lesbian studies." — Barbara Johnson, Harvard University

"Just a couple of decades ago the idea of a positive and creative lesbian and gay studies seemed a fantastical dream. Today it is an ever-expanding and exhilarating reality: a rivulet has become a mighty river, fertilizing all the traditional disciplines. This collection provides a valuable map of this new terrain, highlighting some of its most significant features, and pointing to exciting developments. Like all good guidebooks, it encourages us to explore further, to seek out the unknown, to see the old in fresh ways, and to cherish the new and innovative." — Jeffrey Weeks, Professor of Social Relations, University of West of England, Bristol, author of Sexuality and Its Discontents

"It would be difficult to summarize the eclectic contents of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, almost as difficult as it would be to summarize the subjects of study it seeks to document. The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader isn't an encyclopedia, nor does it pretend to be. It is however an excellent compendium of an emergin field whose full scope escapes us all." — The Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136751172
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 666
  • Sales rank: 1,157,861
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Henry Abelove is Professor of English at Wesleyan University. He is the author of The Evangelist of Desire: John Wesley and the Methodists.

Michèle Aina Barale is Assistant Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College. Her book Below the Belt: Essays in Queer Reading is forthcoming from Routledge.

David M. Halperin is Professor of Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and Other Essays on Greek Love.

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Table of Contents

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I Politics and Representation
1 Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality 3
2 Epistemology of the Closet 45
3 Deviance, Politics, and the Media 62
4 Some Reflections on Separatism and Power 91
5 Homophobia: Why Bring It Up? 99
6 One Is Not Born a Woman 103
7 Silences: "Hispanics," AIDS, and Sexual Practices 110
8 From Nation to Family: Containing African AIDS 127
II Spectacular Logic
9 Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation 141
10 Eloquence and Epitaph: Black Nationalism and the Homophobic Impulse in Responses to the Death of Max Robinson 159
11 Television/Feminism: HeartBeat and Prime Time Lesbianism 176
12 Commodity Lesbianism 186
13 The Spectacle of AIDS 202
14 Sontag's Urbanity 212
15 "Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water..." 221
III Subjectivity, Discipline, Resistance
16 Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence 227
17 Chicano Men: A Cartography of Homosexual Identity and Behavior 255
18 Lesbian Identity and Autobiographical Difference[s] 274
19 Toward a Butch-Femme Aesthetic 294
20 Imitation and Gender Insubordination 307
21 Spare Parts: The Surgical Construction of Gender 321
IV "The Uses of the Erotic"
22 The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power 339
23 The Boys in My Bedroom 344
24 Looking for Trouble 350
25 Robert Mapplethorpe and the Discipline of Photography 360
26 Freud, Male Homosexuality, and the Americans 381
V "The Evidence of Experience"
27 The Evidence of Experience 397
28 Is There a History of Sexuality? 416
29 "They Wonder to Which Sex I Belong": The Historical Roots of the Modern Lesbian Identity 432
30 "Lines She Did Not Dare": Angelina Weld Grimke, Harlem Renaissance Poet 453
31 Capitalism and Gay Identity 467
VI Collective Identities/Dissident Identities
32 Androgynous Males and Deficient Females: Biology and Gender Boundaries in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century China 479
33 The Bow and the Burden Strap: A New Look at Institutionalized Homosexuality in Native North America 498
34 Just One of the Boys: Lesbians in Cherry Grove, 1960-1988 528
35 Hijras as Neither Man Nor Woman 542
36 Tearooms and Sympathy, or, The Epistemology of the Water Closet 553
VII Between the Pages
37 Double Consciousness in Sappho's Lyrics 577
38 De-constructing the Lesbian Body: Cherrie Moraga's Loving in the War Years 595
39 When Jack Blinks: Si(gh)ting Gay Desire in Ann Bannon's Beebo Brinker 604
40 "It's Not Safe. Not Safe at All": Sexuality in Nella Larsen's Passing 616
41 Different Desires: Subjectivity and Transgression in Wilde and Gide 626
42 The Somagrams of Gertrude Stein 642
Suggestions for Further Reading 653
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