Private Affairs: Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social Relations

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NYU Press, 1999 - Political Science - 189 pages
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In Private Affairs, Phillip Brian Harper explores the social and cultural significance of the private, proposing that, far from a universal right, privacy is limited by one's racial-and sexual-minority status. Ranging across cinema, literature, sculpture, and lived encounters-from Rodin's The Kiss to Jenny Livingston's Paris is Burning-Private Affairs demonstrates how the very concept of privacy creates personal and sociopolitical hierarchies in contemporary America.

 

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Contents

The Subversive Edge
33
Playing in the Dark
60
Gay Male Identities Personal Privacy and Relations
89
Take Me Home
125
Afterword
155
Index
169
About the Author
189
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About the author (1999)

Phillip Brian Harper is Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature at New York University, where he teaches in the Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis and of English. He is the author of the books Private Affairs (NYU Press, 1999), Are We Not Men? and Framing the Margins.