Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past

Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past


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Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past by Martin Bauml Duberman

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452010673
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/1990
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 963,111
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction George Chauncey, Jr., Martin Duberman, Martha Vicinus

The Ancient World
Revolutions, Universals, and Sexual Categories John Boswell
Sex Before Sexuality: Pederasty, Politics, and Power in Classical Athens David M. Halperin
Sexual Matters: Rethinking Sexuality in History Robert Padgug

Preindustrial Societies
Lesbian Sexuality in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Judith C. Brown
Homosexuality and the State in Late Imperial China Vivien W. Ng
Homosexuality in the Renaissance: Behavior, Identity, and Artistic Expression James M. Saslow
Lesbians in American Indian Cultures Paula Gunn Allen
Male Love in Early Modern Japan: A Literary Depiction of the "Youth" Paul Gordon Schalow
The Birth of the Queen: Sodomy and the Emergence of Gender Equality in Modern Culture, 1660–1750 Randolph Trumbach
Sodomy in the Dutch Republic During the Eighteenth Century Arend H. Huussen, Jr.

The Nineteenth Century
"Writhing Bedfellows" in Antebellum South Carolina: Historical Interpretation and the Politics of Evidence Martin Duberman
Knights-Errant and Gothic Seducers: The Representation of Male Friendship in Mid-Nineteenth Century America Robert K. Martin
"She Even Chewed Tobacco": A Pictorial Narrative of Passing Women in America San Francisco Lesbian and Gay History Project
Inverts, Perverts, and Mary-Annes: Male Prostitution and the Regulation of Homosexuality in England in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Jeffrey Weeks
Distance and Desire: English Boarding School Friendships, 1870–1920 Martha Vicinus

Early Twentieth Century
Iconography of a Scandal: Political Cartoons and the Eulenburg Affair in Wilhelmin Germany James D. Steakley
Discourses of Sexuality and Subjectivity: The New Woman, 1870–1936 Carroll Smith-Rosenberg
The Mythic Mannish Lesbian: Radclyffe Hall and the New Woman Esther Newton
Christian Brotherhood or Sexual Perversion? Homosexual Identities and the Construction of Sexual Boundaries in the World War I Era George Chauncey, Jr.
A Spectacle in Color: The Lesbian and Gay Subculture of Jazz Age Harlem Eric Garber
Paris Lesbianism and the Politics of Reaction, 1900–1940 Shari Benstock
Russia's Gay Literature and Culture: The Impact of the October Revolution Simon Karlinsky
Swastika, Pink Triangle, and Yellow Star: The Destruction of Sexology and the Persecution of Homosexuals in Nazi Germany Erwin J. Haeberle

World War II and the Postwar Era
Marching to a Different Drummer: Lesbian and Gay GIs in World War II Allan Berube
"Imagine My Surprise": Women's Relationships in Mid-Twentieth Century America Leila J. Rupp
Migrancy and Male Sexuality on the South African Gold Mines T. Dunbar Moodie (with Vivienne Ndatshe and British Sibuyi)
Oral History and the Study of Sexuality in the Lesbian Community: Buffalo, New York, 1940–1960 Madeline Davis and Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy
Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Revolution: Notes Toward an Understanding of the Cuban Lesbian and Gay Male Experience Lourdes Arguelles and B. Ruby Rich
Gay Politics and Community in San Francisco Since World War II John D'Emilio

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