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The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader - Henry Abelove

The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader

By: Henry Abelove (Editor), Michele Aina Barale (Editor), David M. Halperin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th April 1993
ISBN: 9780415905190
Number Of Pages: 688
For Ages: 18 years old

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"The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader" is the biggest and most comprehensive multi-disciplinary anthology of critical work in lesbian/gay studies.
Comprising scholarship, criticism, commentary, and political analysis, lesbian/gay studies is one of the fastest growing fields in contemporary thought. Its influence is changing the shape of every branch of learning in the humanities and social sciences.
Bringing together forty-two groundbreaking essays--many of them already classics--this collection provides a much-needed introduction to the contemporary state of lesbian/gay studies, extensively illustrating the range, scope, diversity, appeal, and power of the work currently being done in the field. Featuring essays by such prominent scholars as Judith Butler, John D'Emilio, Kobena Mercer, Adrienne Rich, Gayle Rubin, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, "The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader" explores a multitude of sexual, ethnic, racial, and socio-economic experiences.
Ranging across disciplines including history, literature, critical theory, cultural studies, African American studies, ethnic studies, sociology, anthropology, psychology, classics, and philosophy, this anthology traces the inscription of sexual meanings in all forms of cultural expression. Representing the best and most significant English language work in the field, "The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader" addresses topics such as butch-fem roles, the cultural construction of gender, lesbian separatism, feminist theory, AIDS, safe-sex education, colonialism, S/M, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, children's books, black nationalism, popular films, Susan Sontag, the closet, homophobia, Freud, Sappho, the media, the "hijras" of India, Robert Mapplethorpe, and the politics of representation. It also contains an extensive bibliographical essay which will provide readers with an invaluable guide to further reading.
In the tradition of Routledge's "Cultural Studies" and "Unequal Sisters," "The" "Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader" marks a critical moment in the development of the field. It will be essential reading for anyone--gay or straight--interested in the history of sexuality, sexual politics, and gender studies.
Contributors: Henry Abelove, Tomas Almaguer, Ana Maria Alonso, Michele Barale, Judith Butler, Sue-Ellen Case, Danae Clark, Douglas Crimp, Teresa de Lauretis, John D'Emilio, Jonathan Dollimore, Lee Edelman, Marilyn Frye, Charlotte Furth, Marjorie Garber, Stuart Hall, David Halperin, Phillip Brian Harper, Gloria T. Hull, Maria Teresa Koreck, Audre Lorde, Biddy Martin, Deborah E. McDowell, Kobena Mercer, Richard Meyer, D. A. Miller, Serena Nanda, Esther Newton, Cindy Patton, Adrienne Rich, Gayle Rubin, Joan W. Scott, Daniel L. Selden, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Barbara Smith, Catharine R. Stimpson, Sasha Torres, Martha Vicinus, Simon Watney, Harriet Whitehead, John J. Winkler, Monique Wittig, and Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano.

Industry Reviews

"At a moment when homosexual rights are at issue in school curricula, political party conventions, state and city referendums, religious institutions, the military, and even St. Patrick's Day parades, this book offers a broad, diverse, challenging, serious introduction to a wide range of scholarship in the emerging field of gay and lesbian studies." -- Barbara Johnson, Harvard University

"Just a couple of decades ago the idea of a positive and creative lesbian and gay studies seemed a fantastical dream. Today it is an ever-expanding and exhilarating reality: a rivulet has become a mighty river, fertilizing all the traditional disciplines. This collection provides a valuable map of this new terrain, highlighting some of its most significant features, and pointing to exciting developments. Like all good guidebooks, it encourages us to explore further, to seek out the unknown, to see the old in fresh ways, and to cherish the new and innovative." -- Jeffrey Weeks, Professor of Social Relations, University of West of England, Bristol, author of Sexuality and Its Discontents

"It would be difficult to summarize the eclectic contents of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, almost as difficult as it would be to summarize the subjects of study it seeks to document. The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader isn't an encyclopedia, nor does it pretend to be. It is however an excellent compendium of an emergin field whose full scope escapes us all." -- The Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter

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User's Guide
Politics and Representation
Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexualityp. 3
Epistemology of the Closetp. 45
Deviance, Politics, and the Mediap. 62
Some Reflections on Separatism and Powerp. 91
Homophobia: Why Bring It Up?p. 99
One Is Not Born a Womanp. 103
Silences: "Hispanics," AIDS, and Sexual Practicesp. 110
From Nation to Family: Containing African AIDSp. 127
Spectacular Logic
Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representationp. 141
Eloquence and Epitaph: Black Nationalism and the Homophobic Impulse in Responses to the Death of Max Robinsonp. 159
Television/Feminism: HeartBeat and Prime Time Lesbianismp. 176
Commodity Lesbianismp. 186
The Spectacle of AIDSp. 202
Sontag's Urbanityp. 212
"Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water..."p. 221
Subjectivity, Discipline, Resistance
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existencep. 227
Chicano Men: A Cartography of Homosexual Identity and Behaviorp. 255
Lesbian Identity and Autobiographical Difference[s]p. 274
Toward a Butch-Femme Aestheticp. 294
Imitation and Gender Insubordinationp. 307
Spare Parts: The Surgical Construction of Genderp. 321
"The Uses of the Erotic"
The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Powerp. 339
The Boys in My Bedroomp. 344
Looking for Troublep. 350
Robert Mapplethorpe and the Discipline of Photographyp. 360
Freud, Male Homosexuality, and the Americansp. 381
"The Evidence of Experience"
The Evidence of Experiencep. 397
Is There a History of Sexuality?p. 416
"They Wonder to Which Sex I Belong": The Historical Roots of the Modern Lesbian Identityp. 432
"Lines She Did Not Dare": Angelina Weld Grimke, Harlem Renaissance Poetp. 453
Capitalism and Gay Identityp. 467
Collective Identities/Dissident Identities
Androgynous Males and Deficient Females: Biology and Gender Boundaries in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Chinap. 479
The Bow and the Burden Strap: A New Look at Institutionalized Homosexuality in Native North Americap. 498
Just One of the Boys: Lesbians in Cherry Grove, 1960-1988p. 528
Hijras as Neither Man Nor Womanp. 542
Tearooms and Sympathy, or, The Epistemology of the Water Closetp. 553
Between the Pages
Double Consciousness in Sappho's Lyricsp. 577
De-constructing the Lesbian Body: Cherrie Moraga's Loving in the War Yearsp. 595
When Jack Blinks: Si(gh)ting Gay Desire in Ann Bannon's Beebo Brinkerp. 604
"It's Not Safe. Not Safe at All": Sexuality in Nella Larsen's Passingp. 616
Different Desires: Subjectivity and Transgression in Wilde and Gidep. 626
The Somagrams of Gertrude Steinp. 642
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 653
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415905190
ISBN-10: 0415905192
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 19th April 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 17.78  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.41
Edition Number: 1

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