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The Resource The other side of silence : men's lives and gay identities : a twentieth century history, John Loughery

The other side of silence : men's lives and gay identities : a twentieth century history, John Loughery

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The other side of silence : men's lives and gay identities : a twentieth century history
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The other side of silence
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men's lives and gay identities : a twentieth century history
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John Loughery
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other side of silence
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mens lives and gay identities : a twentieth century history
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New York Times Notable Book, 1998
Review
  • Beginning with a 1919 scandal in Newport, RI, and ending in the 1990s, Loughery uses a variety of sources, including interviews, archival materials, and secondary sources, as he vividly conveys the evolution of a gay male identity in America. Largely focused on white urban men, it is nevertheless more analytical andinclusive of class and race than Charles Kaiser's anecdotal The Gay Metropolis, 1940-1996 (LJ 11/15/97) and extends the geographical parameters to includethe "self-conscious, self-directed social world" of gay life throughout the United States. The role of literature is highlighted as both document andpromoter of the development of sexual identity. This extremely readable narrative history wisely eschews claims to be "definitive" or "comprehensive" as it chronicles the accomplishments and setbacks of this important political and social movement. Unfortunately marred by occasional redundancies, disorganization, and other minor errors, it is nonetheless recommended for subject collections.?James Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
  • Loughery, who has told individual life stories before (e.g., John Sloan: Painter and Rebel, 1995), here attempts the more daunting task of telling a whole community's personal and political history. His prodigiously researched source materials--acknowledged in a rich bibliographic essay at the end--include gay and lesbian archives, newspapers, periodicals, books, and his own interviews with many old enough to remember gay life 60 years ago. The title of the book--taken from the name of a 1970s theater company--points to its centering theme: that the history of gay men in America is the story of a silence learning to speak. Loughery mediates a host of voices, many not generally known, from Harlem Renaissance writer Alain Locke and pioneering gay psychiatrist Harry Stack Sullivan in the 1920s and '30s, to playwright Mart Crowley, politician Harvey Milk, and scholar John Boswell of more recent history. Topics addressed include the military and WWII, gay bars and baths, literature, Freudianism, the gay press and bookstores, transvestism, homophile (later gay liberation) societies, Stonewall, and gay rights bills. Loughery does not always meet the challenge of integrating the material to hold the reader's interest from one topic to the next: For example, all that binds the histories of Florida's gay Mardi Gras, San Francisco's Society for Individual Rights, and the Metropolitan Community Church, which Loughery subsumes under a single heading, is their origin among gay men in the 1960s. In places, the books reads like a succession of self-contained encyclopedia articles--a feature that is perhaps inevitable in the history of a community which, as Loughery notes in his final, ironically self-questioning chapter, "Divergent Paths," may be more "useful fiction" than fact. A good index will help this fact-filled, but not always plot-driven, history communicate its insights to a wider-than-gay audience. (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 1998)
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men's lives and gay identities : a twentieth century history
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The other side of silence : men's lives and gay identities : a twentieth century history, John Loughery
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97042575
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507 p.
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9780805038965
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97042575
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The other side of silence : men's lives and gay identities : a twentieth century history, John Loughery
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Control code
97042575
Extent
507 p.
Isbn
9780805038965
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97042575

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