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Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past
     

Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past

by Martin Bauml Duberman (Editor), Martha Vicinus (Editor), George Chauncey (Editor)
 

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Winner of two Lambda Rising Awards

This richly revealing anthology brings together for the first time the vital new scholarly studies now lifting the veil from the gay and lesbian past. Such notable researchers as John Boswell, Shari Benstock, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Jeffrey Weeks and John D’Emilio illuminate gay and lesbian life as

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Winner of two Lambda Rising Awards

This richly revealing anthology brings together for the first time the vital new scholarly studies now lifting the veil from the gay and lesbian past. Such notable researchers as John Boswell, Shari Benstock, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Jeffrey Weeks and John D’Emilio illuminate gay and lesbian life as it evolved in places as diverse as the Athens of Plato, Renaissance Italy, Victorian London, jazz Age Harlem, Revolutionary Russia, Nazi Germany, Castro’s Cuba, post-World War II San Francisco—and peoples as varied as South African black miners, American Indians, Chinese courtiers, Japanese samurai, English schoolboys and girls, and urban working women. Gender and sexuality, repression and resistance, deviance and acceptance, identity and community—all are given a context in this fascinating work.

"A landmark of a book and a landmark of ideas that will shatter ignorance and delusion."—Catharine Stimpson, University Professor and Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University

“Ground-breaking.”—Publishers Weekly

“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.”—Library Journal

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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,University Professor and Dean Emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University

“A rich offering… solid and intriguing. One comes away from reading this collection… with fresh, extended, and perhaps more sensitive conceptions of sexuality itself.”—Washington Post Book World
 
“Convincingly demonstrates the legitimacy of gay and lesbian history, reveals its extraordinary richness, and sets the agenda for future research.”—George Stambolian, editor of Men on Men

“Ground-breaking.”—Publishers Weekly

“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.”—Library Journal

“A treasure… major, informative, and fascinating.”—The Advocate

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
Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452010673
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1990
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Martin Bauml Duberman is a historian, biographer, playwright, and gay rights activist. He has written more than 25 books, plays, and anthologies, including Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS, Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, and Jews Queers Germans. He is Professor of History Emeritus at Herbert Lehman College.

Martha Vicinus is an LGBT scholar, anti-war activist, and professor of English literature and Women's Studies. Her books include Lesbian Subjects: A Feminist Studies Reader, Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, and Suffer and Be Still: Women in the Victorian Age. She serves as the Eliza M. Mosher Distinguished University Professor of English, Women's Studies, and History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

George Chauncey is a scholar of twentieth-century U.S. history and lesbian and gay history. He is co-director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities and has served as the chair of the History Department, chair of LGBT Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Studies for American Studies. He is author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 and Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today’s Debate Over Gay Equality.

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