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

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University of Chicago Press, May 1, 2002 - Social Science - 244 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." —John Howard, Journal of American History

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A DESIRED PAST: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America

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The Cliff Notes version of America's queer history, offering in their distilled essence the themes, struggles, and stories of 400 years of same-sex desire in the New World. Rupp (History and Women's ... Read full review

A desired past: a short history of same-sex love in America

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Rupp (history and women's studies, Ohio State Univ.) presents a synthesis of the work of many historians who have investigated same-sex sexuality. She provides brief accounts of the lives of people ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

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

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