The Auto/biographical I

The Theory and Practice of Feminist Auto/biography
Author: Liz Stanley
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719046490
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 289
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This feminist literary study discusses postmodern ideas about the self, particularly about the way in which selves are constructed by biography and autobiography. The author particularly examines the manner in which women write about themselves.

Out and Proud in Chicago

An Overview of the City's Gay Community
Author: Tracy Baim
Publisher: Agate Publishing
ISBN: 9781572846432
Category: History
Page: 224
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Out and Proud in Chicago takes readers through the long and rich history of the city's LGBT community. Lavishly illustrated with color and black-and white-photographs, the book draws on a wealth of scholarly, historical, and journalistic sources. Individual sections cover the early days of the 1800s to World War II, the challenging community-building years from World War II to the 1960s, the era of gay liberation and AIDS from the 1970s to the 1990s, and on to the city's vital, post-liberation present.

The Black Penguin

Author: Andrew Evans
Publisher: Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Au
ISBN: 9780299311445
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
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An outcast gay Mormon travels from his Washington, DC, home to Antarctica--by bus.

Martin Luther King Jr., Homosexuality, and the Early Gay Rights Movement

Keeping the Dream Straight?
Author: Michael G. Long,Desmond Tutu
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137275529
Category: History
Page: 191
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Martin Luther King, Jr., was not an advocate of homosexual rights, nor was he an enemy; however both sides of the debate have used his words in their arguments, including his widow, in support of gay rights, and his daughter, in rejection. This fascinating situation poses the problem that Michael G. Long seeks to address and resolve.


How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World
Author: Gregory Woods
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300228740
Category: History
Page: 440
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A landmark account of gay and lesbian creative networks and the seismic changes they brought to twentieth-century culture In a hugely ambitious study which crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture. Extending from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era, this book examines a period in which increased visibility made acceptance of homosexuality one of the measures of modernity. Woods shines a revealing light on the diverse, informal networks of gay people in the arts and other creative fields. Uneasily called "the Homintern" (an echo of Lenin's "Comintern") by those suspicious of an international homosexual conspiracy, such networks connected gay writers, actors, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, politicians, and spies. While providing some defense against dominant heterosexual exclusion, the grouping brought solidarity, celebrated talent, and, in doing so, invigorated the majority culture. Woods introduces an enormous cast of gifted and extraordinary characters, most of them operating with surprising openness; but also explores such issues as artistic influence, the coping strategies of minorities, the hypocrisies of conservatism, and the effects of positive and negative discrimination. Traveling from Harlem in the 1910s to 1920s Paris, 1930s Berlin, 1950s New York and beyond, this sharply observed, warm-spirited book presents a surpassing portrait of twentieth-century gay culture and the men and women who both redefined themselves and changed history.

Beautiful Circuits

Modernism and the Mediated Life
Author: Mark Goble
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231518404
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 400
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Considering texts by Henry James, Gertrude Stein, James Weldon Johnson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, James Agee, and William Carlos Williams, alongside film, painting, music, and popular culture, Mark Goble explores the development of American modernism as it was shaped by its response to technology and an attempt to change how literature itself could communicate. Goble's original readings reinterpret the aesthetics of modernism in the early twentieth century, when new modes of communication made the experience of technology an occasion for profound experimentation and reflection. He follows the assimilation of such "old" media technologies as the telegraph, telephone, and phonograph and their role in inspiring fantasies of connection, which informed a commitment to the materiality of artistic mediums. Describing how relationships made possible by technology became more powerfully experienced with technology, Goble explores a modernist fetish for media that shows no signs of abating. The "mediated life" puts technology into communication with a series of shifts in how Americans conceive the mechanics and meanings of their connections to one another, and therefore to the world and to their own modernity.

The Queer Renaissance

Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities
Author: Robert McRuer
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814755549
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 257
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2013 Honorable Mention, Asian American Studies Association's prize in Literary Studies Part of the American Literatures Initiative Series Why do black characters appear so frequently in Asian American literary works and Asian characters appear in African American literary works in the early twentieth century?Interracial Encounters attempts to answer this rather straightforward literary question, arguing that scenes depicting Black-Asian interactions, relationships, and conflicts capture the constitution of African American and Asian American identities as each group struggled to negotiate the racially exclusionary nature of American identity. In this nuanced study, Julia H. Lee argues that the diversity and ambiguity that characterize these textual moments radically undermine the popular notion that the history of Afro-Asian relations can be reduced to a monolithic, media-friendly narrative, whether of cooperation or antagonism. Drawing on works by Charles Chesnutt, Wu Tingfang, Edith and Winnifred Eaton, Nella Larsen, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Younghill Kang, Interracial Encounters foregrounds how these reciprocal representations emerged from the nation’s pervasive pairing of the figure of the “Negro” and the “Asiatic” in oppositional, overlapping, or analogous relationships within a wide variety of popular, scientific, legal, and cultural discourses. Historicizing these interracial encounters within a national and global context highlights how multiple racial groups shaped the narrative of race and national identity in the early twentieth century, as well as how early twentieth century American literature emerged from that multiracial political context.

Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present

Author: Kate Fisher,Sarah Toulalan
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230354122
Category: History
Page: 275
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An examination of how bodies and sexualities have been constructed, categorised, represented, diagnosed, experienced and subverted from the fifteenth to the early twenty-first century. It draws attention to continuities in thinking about bodies and sex: concept may have changed, but hey nevertheless draw on older ideas and language.

Social Assessment Theory and Practice

A Multi-disciplinary Framework
Author: Derek Clifford
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
ISBN: 9781857424294
Category: Social Science
Page: 289
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This book presents an innovative theoretical basis for social assessment of individuals and families, drawing on contemporary critical auto/biographical social research methods and demonstrating how it relates to practice across the major service user and oppressed social groups.

Dancers as Diplomats

American Choreography in Cultural Exchange
Author: Clare Croft
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190226315
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 272
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Dancers as Diplomats chronicles the role of dance and dancers in American cultural diplomacy. In the early decades of the Cold War and the twenty-first century, American dancers toured the globe on tours sponsored by the US State Department. Dancers as Diplomats tells the story of how these tours shaped and some times re-imagined ideas of the United States in unexpected, often sensational circumstances-pirouetting in Moscow as the Cuban Missile Crisis unfolded and dancing in Burma shortly before the country held its first democratic elections. Based on more than seventy interviews with dancers who traveled on the tours, the book looks at a wide range of American dance companies, among them New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, ODC/Dance, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and the Trey McIntyre Project, among others. During the Cold War, companies danced everywhere from the Soviet Union to Vietnam, just months before the US abandoned Saigon. In the post 9/11 era, dance companies traveled to Asia and Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Radical Theatrics

Put-Ons, Politics, and the Sixties
Author: Craig J. Peariso
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295805579
Category: History
Page: 245
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From burning draft cards to staging nude protests, much left-wing political activism in 1960s America was distinguished by deliberate outrageousness. This theatrical activism, aimed at the mass media and practiced by Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, the Black Panthers, and the Gay Activists Alliance, among others, is often dismissed as naive and out of touch, or criticized for tactics condemned as silly and off-putting to the general public. In Radical Theatrics, however, Craig Peariso argues that these over-the-top antics were far more than just the spontaneous actions of a self-indulgent radical impulse. Instead, he shows, they were well-considered aesthetic and political responses to a jaded cultural climate in which an unreflective “tolerance” masked an unwillingness to engage with challenging ideas. Through innovative analysis that links political protest to the art of contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, Peariso reveals how the “put-on” — the signature activist performance of the radical left — ended up becoming a valuable American political practice, one that continues to influence contemporary radical movements such as Occupy Wall Street.

Gay & Lesbian Biography

Author: Michael J. Tyrkus
Publisher: St James Press
ISBN: 9781558622371
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 515
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Profiles 275 influencial gay and lesbian individuals throughout history, in such fields as anthropology, show business, art, politics, healthcare, law, journalism, and religion

Changing Conversations

Cultural Analysis and Religious Reflection
Author: Sheila Davaney,Dwight N. Hopkins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135231753
Category: Social Science
Page: 272
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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Women's Almanac 2000

Author: Doris Weatherford
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Reference
Page: 370
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"Women's Almanac 2000" is a first-stop reference that combines news, issues, statistics, and a resource directory together with historical information and analysis from both an international and U.S. perspective. No other reference offers this unique combination of information, complete with an annotated list of Web sites, dozens of photos, charts, statistics, and graphs. With acclaimed women's studies author Doris Weatherford as editor-in-chief and major contributor, this is the authoritative source for cutting-edge information about women in the United States and throughout the world.

Women's Almanac

Author: Doris Weatherford
Publisher: Oryx Press
ISBN: 9781573565103
Category: Social Science
Page: 380
View: 3809

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Presents copius information about women in the United States and throughout the world, covering news, contemporary issues, statistics, profiles of notable women, and women in world history.

The Light of Other Days

A Novel of the Transformation of Humanity
Author: Arthur C. Clarke,Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 1429959622
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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From Arthur C. Clarke, the brilliant mind that brought us 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Stephen Baxter, one of the most cogent SF writers of his generation, comes a novel of a day, not so far in the future, when the barriers of time and distance have suddenly turned to glass. When a brilliant, driven industrialist harnesses cutting-edge physics to enable people everywhere, at trivial cost, to see one another at all times—around every corner, through every wall—the result is the sudden and complete abolition of human privacy, forever. Then the same technology proves able to look backward in time as well. The Light of Other Days is a story that will change your view of what it is to be human. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.