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Leo Bersani - Homos - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Leo Bersani - Author of : Homos
Hardcover - 208 pages (March 1995)
Harvard Univ Pr; ISBN: 0674406192

"Gay Studies/Theory; American media now regularly focuses an often sympathetic beam on gay life - and, with AIDS, on gay death. Gay plays on Broadway, big book awards to authors writing on gay subjects, Hollywood movies with gay themes, gay and lesbian studies at dozens of universities, openly gay columnists and even editors at national mainstream publications, political leaders speaking in favour of gay rights: it seems that straight America has finally begun to listen to homosexual America. Even so, Bersani notes, not only has homophobia grown more virulent, but many gay men and lesbians themselves are reluctant to be identified as homosexuals. In "Homos", he studies the historical, political and philosophical grounds for the current distrust, within the gay community, of self-identifying moves, for the paradoxical desire to be invisibly visible. While acknowledging the dangers of any kind of group identification (if you can be singled out, you can be disciplined), Bersani argues for a bolder presentation of what it means to be gay. In their justifiable suspicion of labels, gay men and lesbians have nearly disappeared into their own sophisticated awareness of how they have been socially constructed. By downplaying their sexuality, gays risk self-immolation - they will melt into the stifling culture they had wanted to contest. In his chapters on contemporary queer theory, on Foucault and psychoanalysis, on the politics of sadomasochism and on the image of "the gay outlaw" in works by Gide, Proust, and Genet, Bersani discusses the possibility that same-sex desire by its very nature can disrupt oppressive social orders. His theory of "homo-ness" should be of interest to straights as well as gays, for it designates a mode of connecting to the world embodied in, but not reducible to, a sexual preference. The gay identity Bersani advocates is more of a "force" - as such, rather cool to the modest goal of social tolerance for diverse lifestyles - which can lead to a massive redefining of sociality itself, and of what we might expect from human communities."

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Robert Alan Brookey - Reinventing the Male Homosexual : The Rhetoric and Power of the Gay Gene - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Robert Alan Brookey - Author of : Reinventing the Male Homosexual : The Rhetoric and Power of the Gay Gene
Paperback (March 2002)
Indiana University Press; ISBN: 0253340578

"Gay Studies/Theory; This volume examines the assumption that embracing the biological research on homosexuality is a viable political strategy for the gay rights movement. The biological argument for gay rights is treated as a bio-rhetoric, a means of incorporating scientific research into public debates. The book investigates the biological research on which this gay rights argument is based, and explores how male homosexuality is conceptualized in the fields of behavioral genetics, neuroendocrinology, sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. The investigation reveals that the majority of biological research imagines male homosexuality to be a state of physical effeminate pathology. Although the biological research may seem to support a pro-gay rights agenda, the biological research can actually be used support conservative political interests."

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Earl Jackson - Strategies of Deviance : Studies in Gay Male Representation - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Earl Jackson - Author of : Strategies of Deviance : Studies in Gay Male Representation
Paperback - 323 pages (September 1995)
Indiana University Press; ISBN: 0253209501

"Gay Studies/Theory; In dialogue with feminism, semiotics, psychoanalysis, and other materialist analyses of culture, Jackson examines a variety of visual and narrative texts, including case histories, pornography, science fiction, and experimental prose. He looks at Oscar Wilde's and Derek Jarman's counterhistorical dream-work; Samuel R. Delaney's critical science fictions; pornographic film; and the fictions of Dennis Cooper, Robert Gluck and Kevin Killian."

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Robert Lang - Masculine Interests: Homoerotics in Hollywood Film (Film and Culture) - Gay Studies/Theory All Books by Robert Lang - Author of : Masculine Interests: Homoerotics in Hollywood Film (Film and Culture)
Paperback: 384 pages (August 2002)
Columbia University Press; ISBN: 0231113013

"Gay Studies/Theory; Robert Lang considers how Hollywood articulates the eroticism that is intrinsic to identification between men. He considers masculinity in social and psychoanalytic terms, arguing that it is an ideological-generic construction and that a major function of the movies is to define different types of masculinity, and to either valorize or criticize these forms. Focusing on nine films (The Lion King, The Most Dangerous Game, The Outlaw, Kiss Me Deadly, Midnight Cowboy, Innerspace, Batman and Robin, My Own Private Idaho, and Jerry Maguire), Lang questions the way in which American culture distinguishes between homosexual and non-homosexual forms of male bonding and, in arguing for a much more complex notion of a homosocial continuum, reveals that queer sexuality is far more present in American cinema than is usually acknowledged."

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Lawrence R. Schehr - Parts of an Andrology : On Representations of Men's Bodies - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Lawrence R. Schehr - Author of : Parts of an Andrology : On Representations of Men's Bodies
Paperback - 266 pages (July 1997) 
Stanford Univ Pr; ISBN: 0804729204

"Gay Studies/Theory; The subject of this original and provocative work is the white male body, a counterpoint in gender studies to the many readings of the representation of the female body. To look at the construction of this figure, the author examines a group of discontinuous works that are representative of the discontinuity in the intermittent representation of the male body. Especially in nineteenth-century narrative, where Edgar Allan Poe and Guy de Maupassant write astutely on the subject, there is never continuity in representing the male body. The Pit and the Pendulum and Bel-Ami are flickering, episodic investigations into the male body as subject, as sentient feeling, as the subject of torture or of adulation. Not until the twentieth century can this male subject be continuously represented. Though the male body is often at center stage, in works that treat it as a metonymy of its own phallic and phallocentric power, this body has less often been seen relative to pleasure and pain, to aesthetics, to human vulnerability."

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick - Between Men (Gender and Culture) - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick - Author of : Between Men (Gender and Culture)
Paperback - 244 pages 0 edition (May 15, 1985) 
Columbia Univ Pr; ISBN: 0231082738

"Gay Studies/Theory; This text examines men's relationships with one another in English literature and the ways those relationships affect women. Central to this study is Sedgwick's conception of "male homosocial desire": this continuum includes the elements of both homosexuality and homophobia in male-male relationships and extends desire far beyond the simply sexual. She argues that the increasing secular, psychological and descriptive power of male homophobia not only affected a male homosexual minority but also radically shaped the erotic, class and national ideologies of English men and women as a whole."

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Edward J. Tejirian PH.D - Male to Male : Sexual Feeling Across the Boundaries of Identity - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Edward J. Tejirian PH.D - Author of : Male to Male : Sexual Feeling Across the Boundaries of Identity
Paperback - 382 pages (October 2000) 
Haworth (T); ISBN: 156023976X

"Gay Studies/Theory; For many years, Edward Tejirian has been like a twentieth century Sherlock Holmes, tracking down the clues to the development of sexuality and gender identity. In MALE TO MALE he ignores the orthodox view that sexuality is biologically determined, instead viewing masculinity and sexual orientation as a path which men can choose, but only when society allows it. The confessions, he elicits from his subjects - young, straight, or straight-acting men - who recount homoerotic dreams and daydreams make this book a spellbinding read."

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Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, et al - The Riddle of 'Man-Manly' Love : The Pioneering Work on Male Homosexuality - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Michael A. Lombardi-Nash, Vern L. Bullough - Authors of : The Riddle of 'Man-Manly' Love : The Pioneering Work on Male Homosexuality
Hardcover - 712 pages (February 1994) 
Prometheus Books; ISBN: 087975866X

"Gay Studies/Theory; Between 1864 and 1880, the openly gay Ulrichs (1825-1895), a German lawyer and classical scholar, published a series of 12 tracts, which collectively comprised one of the seminal works on the causes of homosexuality, and influenced a generation of sex researchers that included Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Havelock Ellis. In it, Ulrichs surveys literary, historical, physiological, and other data in his argument that homosexuality is not a disease or a sin, but perfectly natural, and that the strict line of differentiation between men and women has been overemphasized."

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