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Gay Shame


Edited by David Halperin and Valerie Traub
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Ever since the 1969 Stonewall Riots, “gay pride” has been the rallying cry of the gay rights movement and the political force behind the emergence of the field of lesbian and gay studies. But has something been lost, forgotten, or buried beneath the drive to transform homosexuality from a perversion to a proud social identity? Have the political requirements of gay pride repressed discussion of the more uncomfortable or undignified aspects of homosexuality?

Gay Shame seeks to lift this unofficial ban on the investigation of homosexuality and shame by presenting critical work from the most vibrant frontier in contemporary queer studies. An esteemed list of contributors tackles a range of issues—questions of emotion, disreputable sexual histories, dissident gender identities, and embarrassing figures and moments in gay history—as they explore the possibility of reclaiming shame as a new, even productive, way to examine lesbian and gay culture. Accompanied by a DVD collection of films, performances, and archival imagery, Gay Shame constitutes nothing less than a major redefinition and revitalization of the field.

All recent publications by David Halperin

  • San Foucault. Verso un'agiografia gay
  • Essere gay. Identità, stereotipi, cultura
  • How to Be Gay
  • Que Veulent les Gays? Essai sur le Sexe, le Risque et la Subjectivité
  • Gay Shame

All publications by David Halperin

The War on Sex, edited with Trevor Hoppe (Durham, NC:  Duke University Press, 2017); How To Be Gay (Cambridge, MA:  The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012); Gay Shame, edited with Valerie Traub (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2009); What Do Gay Men WantAn Essay on Sex, Risk, and Subjectivity (Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 2007; rev. ed. 2009);  How to Do the History of Homosexuality (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2002); Saint Foucault:  Towards a Gay Hagiography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995); The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, edited with Henry Abelove and Michèle Aina Barale (New York:  Routledge, 1993); Before Sexuality:  The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World, edited with John J. Winkler and Froma I. Zeitlin (Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 1990); One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and other essays on Greek Love (New York:  Routledge, 1990); Before Pastoral:  Theocritus and the Ancient Tradition of Bucolic Poetry (New Haven:  Yale University Press, 1983).

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