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David Bergman - Camp Grounds : Style and Homosexuality - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by David Bergman - Author of : Camp Grounds : Style and Homosexuality
Paperback - 300 pages (January 1994) 
Univ. of Massachusetts Press; ISBN: 0870238787

"Gay Studies/Culture; Sixteen essays explore the relationship between style and homosexuality, showing how camp has made its way into every aspect of cultural life: theater, popular music, opera, film, and literature. Beginning with an overview of what camp is, where it came from, and how it operates, the chapters address topics ranging from the "high camp" of Whitman and Proust to the "low camp" of drag queen culture and gay fanzines."

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Joseph Carrier - De Los Otros: Intimacy and Homosexuality Among Mexican Men - Gay Non-Fiction Books  All Books by Joseph Carrier - Author of : De Los Otros: Intimacy and Homosexuality Among Mexican Men
Hardcover - 288 pages 0 edition (May 15, 1995) 
Columbia Univ Pr; ISBN: 0231096925

"Gay Studies/Culture; Discussing the lifestyles of Mexican men along with wider societal attitudes on the subject, this text covers the spectrum of homosexual self-identification, from men questioning their sexuality to men who have made a definite choice."

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Nicholas De Jongh - Not in Front of the Audience: Homosexuality on Stage - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Nicholas De Jongh - Author of : Not in Front of the Audience: Homosexuality on Stage
Paperback - 214 pages (May 1992) 
Unknown; ISBN: 0415033632

"Gay Studies/Culture; "Not in Front of the Audience" is a pioneering and important study of a neglected terrain, examining the way in which the theatres of London and New York have reflected contemporary social and cultural attitudes to "gay men" and homosexuality. In the 1920s and 1930s the theatre represented homosexuals as either corrupt, or morally pitiful. De Jongh argues that no matter how much homosexual characters were derided and despised, by refusing to conform they endowed conventional plays with unorthodox perspectives. During the Cold War, under the influence of McCarthyism, homosexuality was perceived as not only morally reprehensible but also politically dangerous and the theatre dutifully reflected such perceptions. Until 1958, direct discussion or depiction of homosexuality was banned from the stage in Britain. But by the late 1960s the theatres of London and New York had begun to confront the issue of heterosexual prejudice and its devastating impact upon the lives of gay men and lesbians. In the wake of the AIDS epidemic, the author concludes, the representation of homosexuality in the theatre has again become an urgent and highly charged issue. This book should be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates and academics of theatre history, gay and lesbian studies and cultural studies."

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Brett Farmer - Spectacular Passions : Cinema, Fantasy, Gay Male Spectatorships - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Brett Farmer - Author of : Spectacular Passions : Cinema, Fantasy, Gay Male Spectatorships
Library Binding - 320 pages (December 2000) 
Duke Univ Pr (Txt); ISBN: 0822325594

"Gay Studies/Culture; The image of the movie-obsessed gay man is a widely circulating and readily recognizable element of the contemporary cultural landscape. Using psychoanalytic theory as his guide while inflecting it with insights from both film theory and queer theory, Brett Farmer moves beyond this cliché to develop an innovative exploration of gay spectatorship. The result, Spectacular Passions, reveals how cinema has been engaged by gay men as a vital forum for “fantasmatic performance”—in this case, the production of specifically queer identities, practices, and pleasures.
Building on the psychoanalytic concept of the fantasmatic, Farmer works to de-pathologize gay male subjectivity. While discussing such films as Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Pirate, Suddenly Last Summer, and Sunset Boulevard, and stars ranging from Mae West to Montgomery Clift, Farmer argues that the particularities of gay men’s social and psychic positionings motivate unique receptions of and investments in film. The Hollywood musical, gay camp readings of the extravagant female star, and the explicit homoeroticism of the cinematic male body in gay fanzines are further proof, says Farmer, of how the shifting libidinal profiles of homosexual desire interact with the fantasy scenarios of Hollywood film to produce a range of variable queer meanings. 
This fascinating and provocative study makes a significant new contribution to discussions of cinema, spectatorship, and sexuality. As such, it will be welcomed by those in the fields of film theory, queer theory, and cultural studies."

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James Naylor Green - Beyond Carnival : Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by James Naylor Green - Author of : Beyond Carnival : Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil
Paperback - 408 pages (December 2001) 
University of Chicago Press; ISBN: 0226306399

"Gay Studies/Culture; For many foreign observers, Brazil still conjures up a collage of exotic images, ranging from the camp antics of Carmen Miranda to the bronzed girl (or boy) from Ipanema moving sensually over the white sands of Rio's beaches. Among these tropical fantasies is that of the uninhibited and licentious Brazilian homosexual, who expresses uncontrolled sexuality during wild Carnival festivities and is welcomed by a society that accepts fluid sexual identity. However, in Beyond Carnival, the first sweeping cultural history of male homosexuality in Brazil, James Green shatters these exotic myths and replaces them with a complex picture of the social obstacles that confront Brazilian homosexuals. 
Ranging from the late nineteenth century to the rise of a politicized gay and lesbian rights movement in the 1970s, Green's study focuses on male homosexual subcultures in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. He uncovers the stories of men coping with arrests and street violence, dealing with family restrictions, and resisting both a hostile medical profession and moralizing influences of the Church. Green also describes how these men have created vibrant subcultures with alternative support networks for maintaining romantic and sexual relationships and for surviving in an intolerant social environment. He then goes on to trace how urban parks, plazas, cinemas, and beaches are appropriated for same-sex erotic encounters, bringing us into the world of street cruising, male hustlers, and cross-dressing prostitutes. 
Through his creative use of police and medical records, newspapers, literature, newsletters, and extensive interviews, Green has woven a fascinating history, the first of its kind for Latin America, that will set the standard for future works."

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Andrew Grossman - Queer Asian Cinema: Shadows in the Shade - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Andrew Grossman - Author of : Queer Asian Cinema: Shadows in the Shade
Paperback - 346 pages (March 2001) 
Harrington Park Pr; ISBN: 1560231408

"Gay Studies/Culture; Asian Pop Culture - Academic Study on Queer Asian Cinema - Click through for reviews at Amazon."

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Gilbert Herdt - Ritualized Homosexuality in Melanesia - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Gilbert Herdt - Author of : Ritualized Homosexuality in Melanesia
Paperback - 474 pages new edition (15 February, 1993) 
University of California Press; ISBN: 0520080963

"Gay Studies/Culture; This book contains the work of seven leading anthropologists on the subject of ritualized homosexuality, and it marks the first time that anthropologists have systematically studied cross-cultural variations in homosexual behavior in a non-Western culture area. The book as a whole indicates that contemporary theories of sex and gender development need revision in light of the Melanesian findings."

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Gary Leupp - Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Gary Leupp - Author of : Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan
Paperback - 317 pages Reprint edition (March 1997)
University of California Press; ISBN: 0520209001

"Gay Studies/Culture; Leupp examines male-male sex in early modern Japan, where it was not only tolerated, but celebrated much as in ancient Athens. He finds an explanation for its unusual prevalence not in the few men oriented toward exclusive homosexuality, but in social factors such as the absence of women from monasteries and their scarcity in samurai society and the cities, the culture surrounding kabuki theater, and the world of male prostitutes."

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Stephen O. Murray (Ed.) - Latin American Male Homosexualities - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Stephen O. Murray - Editor of : Latin American Male Homosexualities
Paperback - 304 pages (October 1995) 
University of New Mexico Press; ISBN: 0826316581

"Gay Studies/Culture; This anthropological volume examines Latin American male homosexualities from theoretical, critical, ethnographic, ethnohistorical, and lexicological perspectives. The authors discuss male homosexualities in Spanish-speaking societies, in Brazil, and in indigenous societies in relation to family, society, culture, politics, economy, and ethnicity. They discuss homosexuality in pre-Columbian indigenous societies and in colonial and modern Latin America. Contributors explore wide-ranging issues such as homosexual categorization, machismo and homosexuality, the activo-pasivo cultural dichotomy, the gay image in Chicano fiction, male homosexuality and Afro-Brazilian possession cults, the gay movement and human rights, and others. 
The twenty-two articles and essays in this volume demonstrate that Latin American homosexuality is complex and diverse across history, nationalities, and ethnicities. In addition to Stephen O. Murray, contributors are Manuel Arboleda G., Beverly N. Chiñas, Wayne R. Dynes, Peter Fry, Paul Kutsche, Luiz Mott, Richard G. Parker, Karl J. Reinhardt, Clark L. Taylor, and Frederick L. Whitam."

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David Nimmons - The Soul Beneath the Skin : The Unseen Hearts and Habits of Gay Men - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by David Nimmons - Author of : The Soul Beneath the Skin : The Unseen Hearts and Habits of Gay Men
Hardcover: 256 pages (May 2002)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312269196

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"Gay Studies/Culture; This surprising and thought-provoking book begins with the obvious fact that Stonewall happened 30 years ago, and the perhaps less obvious fact that in the 30 years since an enormous number of social science studies have been done on gay men. Dave Nimmons proceeds to synthesize that information to reveal a number of unseen patterns of gay male behavior, truths about our lives we feel instinctively but have not named.
For instance, countless studies show that gay men have developed a culture in which public violence is almost non-existent, which is notable when you consider that violence in this society is almost entirely a male phenomenon. Even in intensely over-crowded gay bars and discos, with alcohol and testosterone saturating the atmosphere, fist fights are virtually unheard of. On in the area of volunteerism, study after study shows that gay men volunteer at a much higher level than any other segment of the population (and, very interestingly, our volunteerism is about evenly divided between gay and non-gay causes, as are our charitable contributions). Our patterns of intimacy and friendship are much more diffuse and extended than heterosexual patterns; sexual jealousy and exclusiveness are extremely different, as are our relationships with women and our pursuit of playfulness and sexual bliss. Altogether, these gay social innovations have no parallel in modern American culture; they describe a new kind of public ethics, one with deep implications for gay men and for the larger society."

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Richard G. Parker - Beneath the Equator : Cultures of Desire, Male Homosexuality, and Emerging Gay Communities in Brazil - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Richard G. Parker - Author of : Beneath the Equator : Cultures of Desire, Male Homosexuality, and Emerging Gay Communities in Brazil
Paperback - 288 pages (December 1998)
Routledge; ISBN: 0415916208

"Gay Studies/Culture; Based on long-term field research carried out over more than 15 years, Beneath the Equator examines the changing shape of male homosexuality and the emergence of diverse and vibrant gay communities in urban Brazil. Drawing on detailed ethnographic description of multiple sexual worlds organized around street cruising and impersonal sex, male prostitution, transgender performances, gay commercial markets and establishments, gay rights activism and AIDS service provision, Richard Parker examines the changing sexual identities, cultures and communities that have taken shape in Brazil in recent years."

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