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How to be gay

Author: David M Halperin
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
No one raises an eyebrow if you suggest that a guy who arranges his furniture just so, likes techno music or show tunes, and knows all of Bette Davis's best lines by heart might, just possibly, be gay. But if you assert that male homosexuality is a cultural practice, expressive of a unique subjectivity and a distinctive relation to mainstream society, people will protest. This, they will say, is just a stereotype.  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Halperin, David M., 1952-
How to be gay.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, ©2012
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David M Halperin
ISBN: 9780674066793 0674066790 9780674283992 0674283996
OCLC Number: 781278940
Description: viii, 549 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1: B+ Could try harder. Diary of a scandal ; History of an error --
pt. 2: American falsettos. Gay identity and its discontents ; Homosexuality's closet ; What's gayer than gay? ; The queen is not dead --
pt. 3: Why are the drag queens laughing?. Culture and genre ; The passion of the Crawford ; Suffering in quotation marks ; The beauty and the camp --
pt. 4: Mommie queerest. Gay family romance ; Men act, women appear ; The sexual politics of genre ; Tragedy into melodrama --
pt. 5: Bitch baskets. Gay femininity ; Gender and genre ; The meaning of style ; Irony and misogyny --
pt. 6: What is gay culture?. Judy Garland versus identity art ; Culture versus subculture ; Queer forever.
Responsibility: David M. Halperin.


A pioneer of LGBTQ studies dares to suggest that gayness is a way of being that gay men must learn from one another to become who they are. The genius of gay culture resides in some of its most  Read more...
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[How To Be Gay is] an attempt to unpack [Halperin's] basic observation that there's far more to gay male American identity than a same-sex preference. Halperin interprets gayness through traditional Read more...

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