Strangers: Homosexual Love in the 19th Century

Pan Macmillan, 2003 - 341 páginas
A history of homosexuality in the nineteenth century, taking in both Europe and America. The first part deals with the treatment of homosexuals, both male and female, by the rest of society - from doctors to law-makers and mothers. Part two describes the lives and loves of gay men and women, and the beginnings of the early gay rights movement. And in the last part Robb writes on crucial aspects of gay culture, from high-brow to pornographic, from religious obssession to modern gay icons. This is not a sorry tale of prejudice and persecution. Rather, it is one of surprising tolerance, humour and entertainment; of a century that was almost a 'golden age' for gay culture. All is written with Robb's characteristic brilliance, balance and insight. It is a history for all readers of non-fiction, not for gay readers alone, emphasizing as it does the fruitful part that homosexuality has always played in our modern society.

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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

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

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