The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader

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Henry Abelove, Michèle Aina Barale, David M. Halperin
Psychology Press, 1993 - Social Science - 666 pages
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Bringing together forty-two groundbreaking essays--many of them already classics--The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader 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.

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
  

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User Review  - sasyas - LibraryThing

This comprehensive reader is a thorough introduction into the field of lesbian and gay studies. It comprises many texts that have become classics by important theorists, e.g. by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick ... Read full review

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User Review  - Phil - Goodreads

I didn't read all of the essays in this collection, only those I felt would contribute to my masters thesis. Overall I think this is a very important foundational collection for queer theory. I mean ... Read full review

Contents

Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
3
Epistemology of the Closet
45
Deviance Politics and the Media
62
Some Reflections on Separatism and Power
91
Why Bring It Up?
99
Hispanics AIDS and Sexual Practices
110
Containing African AIDS
127
Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation
141
Looking for Trouble
350
Robert Mapplethorpe and the Discipline of Photography
360
Freud Male Homosexuality and the Americans
381
THE EVIDENCE OF EXPERIENCE
397
Is There a History of Sexuality?
416
The Historical Roots of the Modern
432
Angelina Weld Grimke Harlem Renaissance
453
Capitalism and Gay Identity
467

Black Nationalism and the Homophobic Impulse
159
HeartBeat and Prime Time Lesbianism
176
Commodity Lesbianism
186
The Spectacle of AIDS
202
Sontags Urbanity
213
Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water
221
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence
227
A Cartography of Homosexual Identity and Behavior
255
Lesbian Identity and Autobiographical Differences
274
Toward a ButchFemme Aesthetic
294
Imitation and Gender Insubordination
307
The Surgical Construction of Gender
327
THE USES OF THE EROTIC
339
COLLECTIVE IDENTITIESDISSIDENT IDENTITIES
477
A New Look at Institutionalized Homosexuality
498
Lesbians in Cherry Grove 19601988
528
Hijras as Neither Man Nor Woman
542
Tearooms and Sympathy or The Epistemology of the Water Closet
553
Double Consciousness in Sapphos Lyrics
577
Cherrie Moragas Loving in the
595
Sighting Gay Desire in Ann Barmons Beebo Brinker
604
Sexuality in Nella Larsens Passing
616
Subjectivity and Transgression in Wilde and Gide
626
The Somagrams of Gertrude Stein
642
Suggestions for Further Reading
653
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About the author (1993)

Henry Abelove is Professor of English at Wesleyan University.  He is the author of The Evangelist of Desire: John Wesley and the Methodists.

Michèle Aina Barale is Assistant Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College.  Her book Below the Belt: Essays in Queer Reading is forthcoming from Routledge.

David M. Halperin is Professor of Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is the author of One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and Other Essays on Greek Love.

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