Love Stories: Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality
In Love Stories, Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of men's intimacies with men during the nineteenth century—including those of Abraham Lincoln—drawing flesh-and-blood portraits of intimate friendships and the ways in which men struggled to name, define, and defend their sexual feelings for one another. In a world before "gay" and "straight" referred to sexuality, men like Walt Whitman and John Addington Symonds created new ways to name and conceive of their erotic relationships with other men. Katz, diving into history through diaries, letters, newspapers, and poems, offers us a clearer picture than ever before of how men navigated the uncharted territory of male-male desire.
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Review: Love Stories: Sex between Men before HomosexualityUser Review - Joey Diamond - Goodreads
Damn this is a well researched and written piece o history. So different to the usual ahistorical gay history stuff. Katz writes a lot about why people shouldn't be "reclaimed" by gay history, they ... Read full review
Review: Love Stories: Sex between Men before HomosexualityUser Review - Susan - Goodreads
So it's quite apropos that I finished this as the Supreme Court is deliberating on the legality of same-sex marriage. The arguments that marriage consecrates a reproductive union kind of echo Katz's ... Read full review
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