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Disturbing Practices : History, Sexuality, and Women's Experience of Modern War - Laura L. Doan

Disturbing Practices

History, Sexuality, and Women's Experience of Modern War

Paperback Published: 1st April 2013
ISBN: 9780226001616
Number Of Pages: 288

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For decades, the history of sexuality has been a multidisciplinary project serving competing agendas. Lesbian, gay, and queer scholars have produced powerful narratives by tracing the homosexual or queer subject as continuous or discontinuous. Yet organizing historical work around categories of identity as normal or abnormal often obscures how sexual matters were known or talked about in the past. Set against the backdrop of women’s work experiences, friendships, and communities during World War I, Disturbing Practices draws on a substantial body of new archival material to expose the roadblocks still present in current practices and imagine new alternatives.

In this landmark book, Laura Doan clarifies the ethical value and political purpose of identity history—and indeed its very capacity to give rise to innovative practices borne of sustained exchange between queer studies and critical history. Disturbing Practices insists on taking seriously the imperative to step outside the logic of identity to address questions as yet unasked about the modern sexual past.

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"Disturbing Practices stands comparison to the very best work in sexuality studies. Empirically rich and rigorous, it represents a challenging and groundbreaking intervention in the field." (Matt Houlbrook, author of Queer London)"

ISBN: 9780226001616
ISBN-10: 022600161X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2013
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.45

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