Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - 341 páginas
A fresh examination of this forbidden history shows the profound effects of gay culture on modern life. 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. 16 pages of illustrations.
 

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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
PART ONE
15
IN THE SHADOWS
17
COUNTRY OF THE BLIND
40
OUTINGS
84
PART TWO
123
MIRACULOUS LOVE
125
SOCIETY OF STRANGERS
156
GENTLE JESUS
233
HEROES OF MODERN LIFE
253
APPENDICES
271
I Criminal Statistics
272
II A Categoric Personal Analysis for the Reader
276
III Map of Uranian Europe
278
Acknowledgements
280
NOTES
281

A SEX OF ONES OWN
174
PART THREE
195
FAIRY TALES
197

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Best-selling author Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He is an acclaimed historian and biographer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has won the Whitbread Biography Prize and the Heinemann Award for Victor Hugo, as well as the Ondaatje Prize and Duff Cooper Prize for The Discovery of France. His book Parisians was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. He lives on the Anglo-Scottish border.

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