Queer London

Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957

Author: Matt Houlbrook

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226354628

Category: History

Page: 384

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'Queer London' explores the underground gay culture of London during four decades when homosexual acts between consenting adults remained illegal. The author discovers how queer men made sense of their sexuality and how their lifestyles were affected by and in turn influenced the life of the metropolis.
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Queer City

Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448191394

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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*** A Sunday Times Bestseller *** In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with lupanaria (‘wolf dens’ or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels) and thermiae (hot baths). Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops, monks and missionaries. And so began an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure. Ackroyd takes us right into the hidden history of the city; from the notorious Normans to the frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early nineteenth century. He journeys through the coffee bars of sixties Soho to Gay Liberation, disco music and the horror of AIDS. Today, we live in an era of openness and tolerance and Queer London has become part of the new norm. Ackroyd tells us the hidden story of how it got there, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand; but reminding us of its very real terrors, dangers and risks on the other.
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Queer Voices in Post-War Scotland

Male Homosexuality, Religion and Society

Author: J. Meek

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113744410X

Category: History

Page: 224

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This book examines the experiences of gay and bisexual men who lived in Scotland during an era when all homosexual acts were illegal, tracing the historical relationship between Scottish society, the state and its male homosexual population using a combination of oral history and extensive archival research.
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Queer Cities, Queer Cultures

Europe since 1945

Author: Jennifer V. Evans,Matt Cook

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 144114840X

Category: History

Page: 304

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Queer Cities, Queer Cultures examines the formation and make-up of urban subcultures and situates them against the stories we typically tell about Europe and its watershed moments in the post 1945 period. The book considers the degree to which the iconic events of 1945, 1968 and 1989 influenced the social and sexual climate of the ensuing decades, raising questions about the form and structure of the 1960s sexual revolution, and forcing us to think about how we define sexual liberalization - and where, how and on whose terms it occurs. An international team of authors explores the role of America in shaping particular forms of subculture; the significance of changes in legal codes; differing modes of queer consumption and displays of community; the difficult fit of queer (as opposed to gay and lesbian) politics in liberal democracies; the importance of mobility and immigration in modulating queer urban life; the challenge of AIDS; and the arrival of the internet. By exploring the queer histories of cities from Istanbul to Helsinki and Moscow to Madrid, Queer Cities, Queer Cultures makes a significant contribution to our understanding of urban history, European history and the history of gender and sexuality.
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London on Film

Author: Pam Hirsch,Chris O'Rourke

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319649795

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 257

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This book, a collection of essays by expert film researchers and lecturers, contributes to the growing body of scholarship on cinematic cities by looking at how one city—London—has been represented on film. In particular, the collection examines how films about London have responded to social, material and political change in the city, either by capturing and so influencing how we think about London, or by acting as catalysts (intentionally or otherwise) for public debate. Individual essays explore films ranging from the earliest actualities of the late nineteenth century to contemporary blockbusters. The book will appeal to film scholars and students, as well as to readers interested in the history of London and its changing image.
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Sex, Time and Place

Queer Histories of London, c.1850 to the Present

Author: Simon Avery,Katherine M. Graham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147423495X

Category: History

Page: 320

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Sex, Time and Place extensively widens the scope of what we might mean by 'queer London studies'. Incorporating multidisciplinary perspectives – including social history, cultural geography, visual culture, literary representation, ethnography and social studies – this collection asks new questions, widens debates and opens new subject terrain. Featuring essays from an international range of established scholars and emergent voices, the collection is a timely contribution to this growing field. Its essays cover topics such as activist and radical communities and groups, AIDS and the city, art and literature, digital archives and technology, drag and performativity, lesbian Londons, notions of bohemianism and deviancy, sex reform and research and queer Black history. Going further than the existing literature on Queer London which focuses principally on the experiences of white gay men in a limited time frame, Sex, Time and Place reflects the current state of this growing and important field of study. It will be of great value to scholars, students and general readers who have an interest in queer history, London studies, cultural geography, visual cultures and literary criticism.
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Queer 1950s

Rethinking Sexuality in the Postwar Years

Author: H. Bauer,M. Cook

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137264713

Category: History

Page: 209

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Leading sexuality scholars explore queer lives and cultures in the first full post-war decade through an array of sources and a range of perspectives. Drawing out the particularities of queer cultures from the Finland and New Zealand to the UK and the USA, this collection rethinks preconceptions of the 1950s and pinpoints some of its legacies.
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'Curing queers'

Mental nurses and their patients, 1935-74

Author: Tommy Dickinson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1784990612

Category: Medical

Page: 272

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Drawing on a rich array of source materials including previously unseen, fascinating (and often quite moving) oral histories, archival and news media sources, 'Curing queers' examines the plight of men who were institutionalised in British mental hospitals to receive 'treatment' for homosexuality and transvestism, and the perceptions and actions of the men and women who nursed them. It examines why the majority of the nurses followed orders in administering the treatment in spite of the zero success-rate in 'straightening out' queer men but also why a small number surreptitiously defied their superiors by engaging in fascinating subversive behaviours. 'Curing queers' makes a significant and substantial contribution to the history of nursing and the history of sexuality, bringing together two sub-disciplines that combine only infrequently. It will be of interest to general readers as well as scholars and students in nursing, history, gender studies, and health care ethics and law.
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Sodom on the Thames

Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times

Author: Morris B. Kaplan

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801436789

Category: History

Page: 314

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Morris Kaplan examines three episodes involving sex between men in late 19th century England, drawing on court records, newspaper accounts and personal correspondence and diaries. He aims to deepen our understanding of late Victorian attitudes toward urban culture, masculinity and male homoeroticism.
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Contemporary British Queer Performance

Author: S. Greer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137027339

Category: Psychology

Page: 245

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This book examines queer performance in Britain since the early 1990s, arguing for the significance of emerging collaborative modes of practice. Using queer theory and the history of early lesbian and gay theatre to examine claims to representation among other things, it interrogates the relationships through which recent works have been presented.
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