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Gregory M. Pflugfelder - Cartographies of Desire : Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950 - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Gregory M. Pflugfelder - Author of : Cartographies of Desire : Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950
Hardcover - 399 pages (March 2000) 
University of California Press; ISBN: 0520209095

"Gay Studies/Culture; In this sweeping study of the mapping and remapping of male-male sexuality over four centuries of Japanese history, Gregory Pflugfelder explores the languages of medicine, law, and popular culture from the seventeenth century through the American Occupation. Pflugfelder opens with fascinating speculations about how an Edo translator might grapple with a twentieth-century text on homosexuality, then turns to law, literature, newspaper articles, medical tracts, and other sources to discover Japanese attitudes toward sexuality over the centuries. During each of three major eras, he argues, one field dominated discourse on male-male sexual relations: popular culture in the Edo period (1600-1868), jurisprudence in the Meiji period (1868-1912), and medicine in the twentieth century. This multidisciplinary and theoretically engaged analysis will interest not only students and scholars of Japan but also readers of gay studies, literary studies, gender studies, and cultural studies."

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Jamie Russell - Queer Burroughs - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Jamie Russell - Author of : Queer Burroughs
Hardcover - 288 pages (July 2001) 
St. Martin's Press (Short); ISBN: 0312238681

"Gay Studies/Culture; William S. Burroughs is generally thought of as a novelist who is gay, rather than a gay novelist. Juxtaposing analysis of Burroughs’ novels with biographical details and cultural history, Jamie Russell offers the first queer reading of this fascinating figure. With remarkable insight into the politics of gay culture in twentieth-century America, Russell demonstrates how Burroughs offers a very personal rethinking of gay masculinity."

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Jacobo Schifter - Public Sex in a Latin Society - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Jacobo Schifter - Author of : Public Sex in a Latin Society
Paperback - 192 pages (January 2000)
Harrington Park Pr; ISBN: 1560239867

"Gay Studies/Culture; Public Sex in a Latin Society is one of the first books to explore the lives of people who look for sex in public places in Latin America and the dangers involved - from murder to HIV infection. The book examines why many gay men frequent public sex places, such as parks, bathhouses, saunas, and movie theaters, and also explores the unique culture surrounding sex in these places. This book examines the dangers of violence, murder, and HIV contraction and how community organizations are trying to address these issues. Containing interviews with police officials, murderers, and sex workers, this in-depth study discusses data on assault and crime to provide you with information on how to stay safe while seeking sex in public places."

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Jacobo Schifter - Lila's House : Male Prostitution in Latin America - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Jacobo Schifter - Author of : Lila's House : Male Prostitution in Latin America
Paperback - 100 pages (November 1998) 
Haworth (T); ISBN: 1560239433

"Gay Studies/Culture; A study of male prostitution in Latin America, particularly juvenile prostitution in San Jose, Costa Rica. It discusses the dangers which these young men face, including contraction of the AIDS virus and drug or alcohol addiction, highlighting the need for intervention programmes."

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick - Epistemology of the Closet - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick - Author of : Epistemology of the Closet
Paperback Reprint edition (February 1992) 
University of California Press; ISBN: 0520078748

"Gay Studies/Culture; Since the late 1980s, queer studies and theory have become vital to the intellectual life of the U.S. This has been, to no small degree, due to the popularity of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's critically acclaimed Epistemology of the Closet. Working from classic texts of European and American writers--including Herman Melville, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Oscar Wilde--Sedgwick delineates a historical moment in which sexual identity became as important a demarcation of personhood as gender had been for centuries. 
Sedgwick's literary analysis, while provocative and often startling (you will never read Billy Budd or The Picture of Dorian Gray the same way again), is simply the basis for a larger project of examining and analyzing how the categories of "homosexual" and "heterosexual" continue to shape almost all aspects of contemporary thought. Epistemology of the Closet is a sometimes-dense work, but one filled with wit and empathy. Sedgwick writes with great intelligence and an eye for irony, but always makes clear that her theories and critical acumen are in the service of a politic that seeks to make the world a better and more humane place for everyone. An extraordinary book that reshapes how we think about literature, sexuality, and everyday life. - Michael Bronski (Amazon.com)"

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John Whittier Treat - Great Mirrors Shattered : Homosexuality, Orientalism, and Japan - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by John Whittier Treat - Author of : Great Mirrors Shattered : Homosexuality, Orientalism, and Japan
Hardcover - 256 pages (April 1999)
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0195109236

"Gay Studies/Culture; In 1986, John Whittier Treat went to Tokyo on sabbatical to write a book about the literature of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But once there, he found himself immersed in the emergence of new kind of Holocaust, AIDS, and the sweeping denial, hysteria, and projection with which Japan--a place where "there are no homosexuals"--tried to insulate itself from the epidemic. 
Great Mirrors Shattered is a compelling memoir of a gay man thoroughly familiar with the Japanese homosexual underground, a man anxious for his own health and unsure of the relationship he has left behind in the US. It is also a highly self-aware analysis of Orientalism, which the author defines as "the Western study of everywhere else," and an exploration of how sexual identity conditions knowledge across cultures. Jump-cutting between such texts as Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, Pierre Loti's Madame Chrysantheme, Saikaku's The Great Mirror of Male Love, the writings of Roland Barthes, newspaper headlines, and his own experiences during a previous stay in Japan, Treat creates an intricately textured account of the problems inherent in how we "know" another culture. The questions of self and other, difference and sameness, time past and time present, America and Japan, are explored here with rare intelligence and unabashedly personal disclosure. 
Great Mirrors Shattered gives us a brilliantly fractured reflection of a year in one man's life, and the first study of the sexual politics behind what the West has come to know not just about Japan, but any place Europeans and Americans have gone to escape the confining rules of their home cultures."

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David Van Leer - The Queening of America : Gay Culture in Straight Society - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by David Van Leer - Author of : The Queening of America : Gay Culture in Straight Society
Paperback - 222 pages (September 1995)
Routledge; ISBN: 041590336X

"Gay Studies/Culture; Since at least the end of the 19th century, gay culture - its humour, icons, and desires - has been alive and sometimes visible in the midst of straight American society. This text puts forward a series of readings that aim to identify what the author calls the "queening" of America, a process by which "rhetorics and situations specific to homosexual culture are presented to a general readership as if culturally neutral." The study examines how the invisibility of gay male writing, especially in the popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s, facilitated the crossing of gay motifs in straight culture. Van Leerthen critiques some current models of making homosexuality visible (the packaging of Joe Orton, the theories of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, the rise of gay studies), before concluding more optimistically with the possible alliances between gay culture and other minority discourses."

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Frederick L. Whitam, Robin M. Mathy - Male Homosexuality in Four Societies: Brazil, Guatemala, the Philippines, and the United States - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Frederick L. Whitam and Robin M. Mathy - Authors of : Male Homosexuality in Four Societies: Brazil, Guatemala, the Philippines, and the United States
Hardcover - 241 pages (December 15, 1985) 
Greenwood Publishing Group; ISBN: 0275900371

"Gay Studies/Culture; This book shows which aspects of homosexuality are culturally variable and which are not and explores the implications for current descriptions and explanations of homosexuality. Utilizing a combination of quantitative and qualitative material, the authors draw conclusions about the nature of homosexuality across cultural boundaries. Among their findings: homosexuals comprise approximately five percent of the population in each country no matter the degree of repressiveness or acceptance; homosexuals in different societies appear to have the same occupational and leisure-time interests; and their psycho-sexual development is similar and characterized by similar patterns of early cross-gender behavior."

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Stephen Whittle - The Margins of the City : Gay Men's Urban Lives - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Stephen Whittle - Author of : The Margins of the City : Gay Men's Urban Lives
(Popular Cultural Studies)
Hardcover (August 1994) 
Ashgate Publishing Company; ISBN: 1857422015

"Gay Studies/Culture; Within cities, gay life has always been marginalized in social, political and cultural terms, even although significant gay places have often been geographically centrally placed. This work looks at the physical and spatial development of gay places over the last 25 years in a social context."

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Les K. Wright - The Bear Book : Readings in the History and Evolution of a Gay Male Subculture - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Les K. Wright - Author of : The Bear Book : Readings in the History and Evolution of a Gay Male Subculture
Paperback - 284 pages (June 1997)
Haworth (T); ISBN: 1560238909

"Gay Studies/Culture; From Michelangelo's David to Calvin Klein's hunks in briefs, the cult of the beautiful male body has been at the heart of much of gay culture. But there is more to gay life than buffed pecs and rippled abs. Les Wright's The Bear Book is a surprising collection of sociological and literary essays about gay bears: hefty, bearded men who look for the same attributes in their partners. The gay bear phenomenon started more than a decade ago--in response to AIDS, some commentators note here--and has become a defining identity for many gay men. The Bear Book examines the range of bear culture--bear magazines, bear clubs, bear Web sites--and in doing so explores how gay male culture evolves in response to the needs of its members and to the broader culture."

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Les Wright - The Bear Book II : Further Readings in the History and Evolution of a Gay Male Subculture - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Les Wright - Author of : The Bear Book II : Further Readings in the History and Evolution of a Gay Male Subculture
Paperback - 350 pages (March 2001) 
Haworth (T); ISBN: 1560231653

"Gay Studies/Culture; Take another fascinating journey into the bear's den with the latest offering from Les Wright, editor of the first Bear Book. The Bear Book II takes over where the first book leaves off to show you the contrast between the media image of the fun-loving carefree bear man and the health, image, psychological, technological and sexual concerns of bears living in the real world. This study of typically big, hairy and bearded gay men explores bears on a societal and personal level, giving a wide voice to bears of all ages, nationalities and cultures."

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