Queer Fictions of the Past: History, Culture, and Difference

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 9, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 174 pages
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This is the first book to look at how lesbians and gays use history to define themselves as social, cultural, and political subjects. Bravmann shows how historical representations are dynamic conversations between past and present, creating individual and collective meanings. Exploring the theoretical and political ramifications of this project, he considers how historiography, ancient Greece, the Stonewall riots, and postmodern historical texts inform and reflect race, gender, class, and political differences in queer subjectivity.
 

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Contents

Metanarrative and gay identity
3
Queer historical subjects
15
Reading past histories
35
Re reading queer history
37
The lesbian and gay past its Greek to whom?
47
Queer fictions of Stonewall
68
Rewriting queer histories
97
Inconclusion
123
Queer fictions for the future
125
Notes
130
Select bibliography
151
Index
171
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