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The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader Hardcover – April 19, 1993

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"At a moment when homosexual rights are at issue in school curricula, political party conventions, state and city referendums, religious institutions, the military, and even St. Patrick's Day parades, this book offers a broad, diverse, challenging, serious introduction to a wide range of scholarship in the emerging field of gay and lesbian studies." -- Barbara Johnson, Harvard University

"Just a couple of decades ago the idea of a positive and creative lesbian and gay studies seemed a fantastical dream. Today it is an ever-expanding and exhilarating reality: a rivulet has become a mighty river, fertilizing all the traditional disciplines. This collection provides a valuable map of this new terrain, highlighting some of its most significant features, and pointing to exciting developments. Like all good guidebooks, it encourages us to explore further, to seek out the unknown, to see the old in fresh ways, and to cherish the new and innovative." -- Jeffrey Weeks, Professor of Social Relations, University of West of England, Bristol, author of Sexuality and Its Discontents

"It would be difficult to summarize the eclectic contents of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, almost as difficult as it would be to summarize the subjects of study it seeks to document. The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader isn't an encyclopedia, nor does it pretend to be. It is however an excellent compendium of an emergin field whose full scope escapes us all." -- The Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter

About the Author

Henry Abelove is Professor of English at Wesleyan University.  He is the author of The Evangelist of Desire: John Wesley and the Methodists.

Michèle Aina Barale is Assistant Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College.  Her book Below the Belt: Essays in Queer Reading is forthcoming from Routledge.

David M. Halperin is Professor of Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is the author of One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and Other Essays on Greek Love.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (April 19, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415905184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415905183
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,913,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This collection was the first of its kind when it came out in 1993. The three editors, all longtime advocates of queer scholarship, put together the Reader as an attempt to encourage new classes in queer studies. It was a resounding success, winning both a Lambda Literary award and notably being banned by Canadian customs.
The contributors to this volume are all well-respected names in their fields: John D'Emilio, Eve Sedgwick, Adrienne Rich, Judith Butler, Audre Lorde, and the editors themselves. There is impressive attention to including both people of color and strong lesbian voices, something many other similar collections have problems with.
The Reader is an excellent introduction to the field, although it is an academic text and can be a bit daunting for some. It works wonderfully for the purpose it was designed for, as a text for introductory classes. For those already immersed in the field, you obviously already own the book.
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For an excellent compilation of essays, papers, and writings on what we now call "Queer/Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies," this is your book. It has practically everything, including works by people of color. If you want to get academic and intellectual, here's where you might start. If you are already academic and intellectual, this book will be a welcome addition to your library. I read many of the pieces in this book for a class in college, and they were all highly thought-provoking and important. I consider this book to be one of the basic, necessary groundstones in my library of queer/lgbt studies books and readings. Thank god for Henry Abelove for putting this together!
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Although it doesn't have some more recent works/authors, the essays in this book are an excellent primer in the field. A lot of them are seminal and form a lot of the foundation for work being done today, and all of them are fascinating and valuable.

The book itself is a really good value for the amount of essays, has a useful table of contents that's organized by topic as well as alphabetically, and all in all a great buy for anyone interested in queer/gender studies.Definitely buy a physical copy used!
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