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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 Valerie Traub

  • Gay Shame

All publications by Valerie Traub

Co-editor, Gay Shame (2009).

“The Nature of Norms: Anatomy, Cartography, King Lear” (2009).
“The Joys of Martha Joyless:  Queer Pedagogy and the (Early Modern) Production of Sexual Knowledge,” (2008).
“The Past is a Foreign Country? The Times and Spaces of Islamicate Sexuality Studies" (2008).
“The Present Future of Lesbian Historiography” (2007).
“Friendship’s Loss: Alan Bray’s Making of History,” (2004).
“Sequence, Sexuality, and Shakespeare’s Two Loves" (2003).

The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England (2002).

“Mapping the Global Body” (2000).
“Sex Without Issue: Sodomy, Reproduction, and Signification in Shakespeare’s Sonnets” (1998).
“Gendering Mortality in Early Modern Anatomies” (1996).
Co-editor, Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture: Emerging Subjects (1996).
Desire & Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama (1992).

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