Myth of the Modern Homosexual : Queer History and the Search for Cultural Unity Hardback
Part of the Gender Studies: Bloomsbury Academic Collections series
With careful reasoning supported by wide-ranging scholarship, this study exposes the fallacies of 'social constructionist' theories within lesbian and gay studies and makes a forceful case for the autonomy of queer identity and culture.
It presents evidence that queers are part of a centuries-old history, possessing a unified historical and cultural identity.
The volume reviews the fundamental historiographical issues about the nature of queer history, arguing that a new generation of queer historians will need to abandon authoritarian dogma founded upon politically-correct ideology rather than historical experience.
Norton offers a clear exposition of the evidence for ancient, indigenous and pre-modern queer cultural continuity, revealing how knowledge of that history has been suppressed and censored and sets out the 'queer cultural essentialist' position on the key topics of queer history - role, identity, bisexuality, orientation, linguistics, social control, homophobia, subcultures, and kinship patterns.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 06/10/2016
- Category: Social & cultural history
- ISBN: 9781474286930