A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 1999 - Psychology - 232 pages
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With this book, Leila J. Rupp accomplishes what few scholars have even attempted: she combines a vast array of scholarship on supposedly discrete episodes in American history into an entertaining and entirely readable story of same-sex desire across the country and the centuries.

"Most extraordinary about Leila J. Rupp's indeed short, two-hundred-page history of 'same-sex love and sexuality' is not that it manages to account for such a variety of individuals, races, and classes or take in such a broad chronological and thematic range, but rather that it does all this with such verve, lucidity, and analytical rigor. . . . [A]n elegant, inspiring survey." óJohn Howard, Journal of American History

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Review: A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America

User Review  - Courtney Shah - Goodreads

Clear, concise history of same-sex love in the US, giving an overview of some important secondary lit. A nice place to start your historiography. Read full review

Review: A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America

User Review  - J - Goodreads

Very informative read and am pleasantly surprised by Rupp's investment with including race, ethnicity and class into same sex history. I was, though, dissapointed by how little Rupp discussed and analyzed AIDS. Overall, a good and important read for all queers! Read full review

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Leila J. Rupp is a professor in and chair of the Department of History at The Ohio State University.

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