Queer Studies: An Interdiciplinary Reader / Edition 1

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Queer Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader is a collection of essays that over the past two decades have helped to establish sexuality as one of the most vital and important areas of study in both the humanities and social sciences.

  • Brings together important essays that have helped to establish sexuality as one of the most vital areas of study in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Includes an introductory essay by the editors that provides a context for this pivotal scholarship and promotes dialogue across disciplines.
  • Discusses key issues in the field, including sexual politics, cultural construction of sexuality, transnationalism, race, community, sexual citizenship and the nation-state.
  • Functions as a primary text for introductory as well as advanced courses, as a general introduction to the field, and as a scholarly resource.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"There is much here that is fascinating and adds to our knowledge of the multiplicity of ways in which people experience and live their sexualities." Sexualities

"Refusing the easy collapse of queer studies into gay and lesbian studies, Corber and Valocchi offer scholars and activists a collection of essays that maps the complexities of non-normative desires as they are produced in and through social institutions, economic practices, disciplinary structures, and cultural discourse. In the process, they reclaim the political hope that queer studies is a radical intervention into regimes of being and knowing!" Robyn Wiegman, Duke University

"Queer Studies may very well be the first Reader that students and professors should consult to get an overview of the field. Interdisciplinary, ambitious, and accessible, the volume is a fine contribution to this dynamic field." Steven Seidman, University at Albany, State University of New York

"There is much here that is fascinating and adds to our knowledge of the multiplicity of ways in which people experience and live their sexualities" Richard Dunphy, University of Dundee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631229179
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/20/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Corber is Associate Professor of American Studies and Lesbian and Gay Studies at Trinity College, Hartford. He is author of In the Name of National Security: Hitchcock, Homophobia, and the Political Construction of Gender in Postwar America (1993) and Homosexuality in Cold War America: Resistance and the Crisis of Masculinity (1997).

Stephen Valocchi is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Trinity College, Hartford. He has published widely on the welfare state and on social movements in the United States, in particular the gay liberation movement. His essays have appeared in Social Problems, Sociological Perspectives, and Critical Sociology.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Practices, Identities, Communities:.

1. Martha M. Umphrey, The Trouble With Harry Thaw.

2. Cheryl Chase, Hermaphrodites With Attitude: An Emergence Of Intersex Political Activism.

3. Cathy J. Cohen, Contested Membership: Black Gay Identities And The Politics Of AIDS.

4. C. Jacob Hale, Leatherdyke Boys And Their Daddies: How To Have Sex Without Women Or Men.

Part II: The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality:.

5. Lisa Duggan, The Trials Of Alice Mitchell: Sensationalism, Sexology, And The Lesbian Subject In Turn-Of-The-Century America.

6. Jennifer Devere Brody, The Returns Of Cleopatra Jones.

7. Laura Kipnis, (Male) Desire And (Female) Disgust: Reading Hustler.

Part III: Sexual Citizenship And The Nation-State:.

8. Nayan Shah, Perversity, Contamination, And The Dangers Of Queer Domesticity.

9. John Howard, The Talk Of The County: Revisiting Accusation, Murder, And Mississippi, 1895.

10. Judith Halberstam, The Brandon Teena Archive.

11. Lauren Berlant And Michael Warner, Sex In Public.

Part IV: Transnationalizing Sexualities:.

12. Jennifer Robertson, Dying To Tell: Sexuality And Suicide In Imperial Japan.

13. Gayatri Gopinath, Nostalgia, Desire, Diaspora: South Asian Sexualities In Motion.

14. Tom Boellstorff, The Perfect Path: Gay Men, Marriage, Indonesia.

15. Don Kulick, A Man In The House: The Boyfriends Of Brazilian Travesti Prostitutes.


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