A Queer World: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader

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Martin B. Duberman
NYU Press, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 705 pages
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This compedious, cutting-edge volume offers a broad array of the most provocative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender scholarship produced by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) over the first decade (1986-1996) of its existence at the CUNY Graduate School.

CLAGS has had a profound and legitimizing influence on the establishment of gay and lesbian studies as a discipline. Thousands have attended its events, featuring hundreds of scholars, activists, and cultural workers; many thousands more have lamented how they would have liked to have been there. With this book, they finally, vicariously, can be.

Divided into five parts—on identities as they revolve around gender and sexuality; on the terrains of homosexual history; on mind-body relations; on laws and economics; and on policy issues related to gay youth, AIDS, and aging—A Queer World offers a compelling panorama of gay and lesbian life. Featuring the work, among others, of such figures as Yukiko Hanawa, Will Roscoe, Jewelle L. Gomez, Jonathan Ned Katz, Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, Jeffrey Escoffier, Janice M. Irvine, Kendall Thomas, Gilbert Herdt, Vivien Ng, Douglas Crimp, Walt Odets, Serena Nanda, Cindy Patton, Michael Moon, William Byne, and Randolph Trumback, A Queer World is distinctive in its focus on the social sciences and issues relating to public policy. Consisting largely of previously unpublished essays, this volume—and its companion volume Queer Representations: Reading Lives, Reading Cultures—is an invaluable addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in the study of sexuality.

  

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i've read about half of the readings in here and from what i can tell it's a pretty good anthology for those interested in queer/lesbian and gay studies. Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Martin Duberman
1
and Narrative
9
The Event of Becoming
17
Whose History? The Case of Oklahoma
24
Latina Lesbians
35
Are Modern Western Lesbian Women and Gay Men
87
Third Genders Third Sexes
100
The Search for
108
Gay and Lesbian Couples
345
The Origin of the Gay Psychotherapy Movement
358
The Promotion
381
Homosexual Identity and Gay Rights
399
Theorizing Lesbians and Criminal Justice
418
Status Behavior
431
Equal Protection and Lesbian and Gay Rights
452
Thinking HomoEconomically
467

Lesbian and Transsexual Histories
134
Creating GoodLooking Genitals in the Service of Gender
153
New Stories
175
Oral History and the Construction
181
Looking for Lesbians in Chinese History
199
The Curious Case of Michael Wigglesworth
205
Conceptualizing Mens Erotic
216
Retracing the Lives of French
236
The 1950s and 1960s
248
Looking Backward
262
Science
281
Scientific Authority and the Search for Sex Hormones
298
Creating Natural Distinctions
309
LeVays Thesis Reconsidered
318
Economic IdentitySexual Identity
502
The Gay Marketing Moment
519
Teenage Narratives of Lesbian Desire
549
Unlearning the Culture
563
Political Contests
572
Adult Development and Mental Health in Lesbians
601
The Virtual and Actual Identities of Older Lesbians
615
Review and Prospects
627
Randy Shiltss Miserable Failure
641
AIDS and Adolescence
649
Women and AIDS in SubSaharan Africa
663
Acknowledgments
677
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About the author (1997)

Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History at Lehman and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, is the founding director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is the author of seventeen books, including Black Mountain, Paul Robeson, In White America, Cures, Stonewall, Midlife Queer and Queer Representations . As both historian and playwright, he has received numerous awards, including the Bancroft Prize, two Lambda awards, the George Freedly Memorial Award, and a Special Citation from the National Academy of Arts and letters for his “contributions to literature.”

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