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

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University of Chicago Press, 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


Introduction Thinking about Aunt Leila
In the Beginning Same SexSexuality in Early America
Worlds of Men Worlds of Women Sex and Romantic Friendship in an Industrializing and Expanding Nation
Definitions and Deviance Sexual Transformations at the Turn of the Century
Coming Together Contested Identities and the Emergence of Communities
Becoming a People Lesbian and Gay Worlds and the Organization of Resistance
Something Old Something New

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About the author (1999)

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

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