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Gay New York : gender, urban culture, and the makings of the gay male world, 1890-1940

Author: George Chauncey
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [1994] ©1994
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This groundbreaking work shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of public and private documents, this is a look at a gay world that was not supposed to have existed. Focusing on New York City, the gay capital of the nation for nearly a century, Chauncey recreates the  Read more...
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Chauncey, George.
Gay New York.
New York : Basic Books, ©1994
(OCoLC)646972132
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Chauncey
ISBN: 0465026214 9780465026210
OCLC Number: 29877871
Awards: Lambda Literary Award, 1995.
Description: xi, 478 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I. Male (Homo)Sexual Practices and Identities in the Early Twentieth Century. Ch. 1.The Bowery as Haven and Spectacle ; Ch. 2. The Fairy as an Intermediate Sex ; Ch. 3. Trade, Wolves, and the Boundaries of Normal Manhood ; Ch. 4. The Forging of Queer Identities and the Emergence of Heterosexuality in Middle-Class Culture --
Part II. The Making of the Gay Male World. Ch. 5. Urban Culture and the Policing of the "City of Bachelors" ; Ch. 6. Lots of Friends at the YMCA: Rooming Houses, Cafeterias, and Other Gay Social Centers ; Ch. 7. "Privacy Could Only Be Had in Public": Forging a Gay World in the Streets ; Ch. 8. The Social World of the Baths ; Ch. 9. Building Gay Neighborhood Enclaves: The Village and Harlem --
Part III. The Politics of Gay Culture. Ch. 10. The Double Life, Camp Culture, and the Making of a Collective Identity ; Ch. 11. "Pansies on Parade": Prohibition and the Spectacle of the Pansy ; Ch. 12. The Exclusion of Homosexuality from the Public Sphere in the 1930s --
Epilogue: The Strange Career of the Closet.
Responsibility: George Chauncey.
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Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Based on years of research and access to  Read more...

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