Myth of the Modern Homosexual: Queer History and the Search for Cultural Unity

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Oct 6, 2016 - Philosophy - 336 pages
With careful reasoning supported by wide-ranging scholarship, this study exposes the fallacies of 'social constructionist' theories within lesbian and gay studies and makes a forceful case for the autonomy of queer identity and culture. It presents evidence that queers are part of a centuries-old history, possessing a unified historical and cultural identity. The volume reviews the fundamental historiographical issues about the nature of queer history, arguing that a new generation of queer historians will need to abandon authoritarian dogma founded upon politically-correct ideology rather than historical experience. Norton offers a clear exposition of the evidence for ancient, indigenous and pre-modern queer cultural continuity, revealing how knowledge of that history has been suppressed and censored and sets out the 'queer cultural essentialist' position on the key topics of queer history – role, identity, bisexuality, orientation, linguistics, social control, homophobia, subcultures, and kinship patterns.

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Does this book even exist? Marvelous, densely referenced gay history by a gay historian who does his own research. I need to find out why this is so obscure, because that'll answer the question of what's standing in its place. It can't simply be because it's from the UK. Read full review


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Rictor Norton is an American writer on literary and cultural history, particularly gay history.

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