Queer Fictions of the Past: History, Culture, and Difference

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This is the first book to look at how lesbians and gays use history to define themselves as social, cultural, and political subjects. Bravmann shows how historical representations are dynamic conversations between past and present, creating individual and collective meanings. Exploring the theoretical and political ramifications of this project, he considers how historiography, ancient Greece, the Stonewall riots, and postmodern historical texts inform and reflect race, gender, class, and political differences in queer subjectivity.
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"This groundbreaking work attempts to elucidate the crucial role that history plays in gay/lesbian discourse. No person interested in lesbian/gay studies can afford to ignore this book. Bravmann's astute and always insightful analysis is bound to be of major importance to future scholars interested in reconceptualizing the gay and lesbian past..." Choice

"...the rewards of this book are significant." John Howard, American Historical Review

"This book should remind sociologists to think critically about the questions we ask, the subjects we choose, and the groups we omit." Mary Bernstein, American Journal of Sociology

"...[Bravmann] demonstrates not only how the past has been rewritten in terms of present-day concerns, but also how these revisions of the past have altered people's perceptions of the present." Chad Heap, Journal of Social History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521591010
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Queer cultural studies of history 1
1 Metanarrative and gay identity 3
2 Queer historical subjects 15
Pt. II Reading past histories 35
3 Re: reading queer history 37
4 The lesbian and gay past: it's Greek to whom? 47
5 Queer fictions of Stonewall 68
6 Re/writing queer histories 97
Pt. III In/conclusion 123
7 Queer fictions for the future 125
Notes 130
Select bibliography 151
Index 171
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