Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - 341 páginas
The nineteenth century was a golden age for those people known variously as sodomites, Uranians, monosexuals, and homosexuals. Long before Stonewall and Gay Pride, there was such a thing as gay culture, and it was recognized throughout Europe and America. Graham Robb, brilliant biographer of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud, examines how homosexuals were treated by society and finds a tale of surprising tolerance. He describes the lives of gay men and women: how they discovered their sexuality and accepted or disguised it; how they came out; how they made contact with like-minded people. He also includes a fascinating investigation of the encrypted homosexuality of such famous nineteenth-century sleuths as Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes himself (with glances forward in time to Batman and J. Edgar Hoover). Finally, Strangers addresses crucial questions of gay culture, including the riddle of its relationship to religion: Why were homosexuals created with feelings that the Creator supposedly condemns? This is a landmark work, full of tolerant wisdom, fresh research, and surprises. 31 illlustrations.
 

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This is a really, really excellent book about the history of queer sexuality. What I loved most about it was how thoroughly it debunks the myth that no one identified as queer before the ... Ler resenha completa

STRANGERS: Homosexual Love in the 19th Century

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Literary biographer Robb (Rimbaud, 2000, etc.) gives resonance and shape to homosexual life and love in 19th-century Europe and North America, "the obstacles it encountered and the societies it ... Ler resenha completa

Conteúdo

PREJUDICE
1
IN THE SHADOWS
17
COUNTRY OF THE BLIND
40
OUTINGS
84
MIRACULOUS LOVE
125
SOCIETY OF STRANGERS
156
A SEX OF ONES OWN
174
FAIRY TALES
197
APPENDICES
271
Criminal Statistics
272
A Categoric Personal Analysis for the Reader
276
Map of Uranian Europe
278
Acknowledgements
280
NOTES
281
WORKS CITED
307
INDEX
332

GENTLE JESUS
233
HEROES OF MODERN LIFE
253

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Sobre o autor (2005)

Graham Robb's two previous books, "Victor Hugo" & "Balzac," were "New York Times" Notable Books. He lives in Oxford, England.

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