- Series: Sexual politics
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Cassell (January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0304338923
- ISBN-13: 978-0304338924
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Myth of the Modern Homosexual: Queer History and the Search for Cultural Unity (Sexual politics) Paperback – January, 1998
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Norton shows that queer theory is a political theory. The reason that queer theorists date the construction of "the homosexual" to the 19th century is that the 19th century is the era of bourgeois capitalism that can be subjected to Marxist analysis; an earlier date simply wouldn't work. Queer theorists even talk about the production and distribution of sexualities, as if sexualities are economic products! Would bourgeois society want to construct "the homosexual"? In 1741, 17-year-old Dutchman Jan Jansz was convicted of sodomy and spent the remaining 57 years of his life in solitary confinement. Dutch authorities then sometimes destroyed any records of the persecution of homosexuals, and did not use them as negative examples to enforce or define normality. Would these same authorities want to construct "the homosexual"?
Much to the chagrin of social constructionists who associate the rise of capitalism with the control of sexuality, i.e.Read more ›