Gay Shame

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  • Edition: DVD
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Ever since the 1969 Stonewall Riots, "gay pride" has been the rallying cry of the gay rights movement and the political force behind the emergence of the field of lesbian and gay studies. But has something been lost, forgotten, or buried beneath the drive to transform homosexuality from a perversion to a proud social identity? Have the political requirements of gay pride repressed discussion of the more uncomfortable or undignified aspects of homosexuality? Gay Shameseeks to lift this unofficial ban on the investigation of homosexuality and shame by presenting critical work from the most vibrant frontier in contemporary queer studies. An esteemed list of contributors tackles a range of issuesquestions of emotion, disreputable sexual histories, dissident gender identities, and embarrassing figures and moments in gay historyas they explore the possibility of reclaiming shame as a new, even productive, way to examine lesbian and gay culture. Accompanied by a DVD collection of films, performances, and archival imagery,Gay Shameconstitutes nothing less than a major redefinition and revitalization of the field.

Author Biography

David M. Halperin is the W. H. Auden Collegiate Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan and the author of How to Do the History of Homosexuality, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Valerie Traub is professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and the author of The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Gay Shame
Beyond Gay Pride
David M. Halperin and Valerie Traub
Why Gay Shame Now?
David M. Halperin Performing Shame
Shame, Theatricality, and Queer Performativity: Henry James’sThe Art of the Novel
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Mario Montez, For Shame
Douglas Crimp
White-on-White: The Overbearing Whiteness of Warhol Being
Taro Nettleton
BoricuaGazing: An Interview with Frances Negrón-Muntaner
Rita Gonzalez Spectacles of Shame
Shame on Me
Elisabeth Ladenson
On the Uses of Shame and Gifts of a Bloodmobile: Musings from a Musical Queer Apprenticeship
Nadine Hubbs
Shame on Me, or The Naked Truth about Me and Marlene Dietrich
David Caron
Teaching Shame
Ellis Hanson
Shameful Fantasies: Cross-Gender Queer Sex in Lesbian Erotic Fiction
Amalia Ziv
Excluding Shame
Leo Bersani Disabled Shame
Shameful Sites: Locating Queerness and Disability
Robert McRuer
Abby Wilkerson
Where Is the Truth in Painting Today?
Dylan Scholinski
Terry Galloway
Sex, Shame, and Disability Identity: With Reference to Mark O’Brien
Tobin Siebers Histories of Shame
The Shame of Queer History/Queer Histories of Shame
Helmut Puff
The Shame of Gay Pride in Early AIDS Activism
Deborah B. Gould
Emotional Rescue
Heather K. Love
The Trouble with Shame
George Chauncey
Pleasures and Dangers of Shame
Michael Warner
Shamefully Gay: Documents from the Labadie Collection
Julie Herrada and Tim Retzloff Communities of Shame
How Might We Create a Collectivity That We Would Want to Belong To?
Barry D. Adam
Scandalous Acts: The Politics of Shame among BrazilianTravestiProstitutes
Don Kulick and Charles Klein
“Plunge Into Your Shame”
Neil Bartlett
Gay Shame and the Politics of Identity
Jennifer Moon
A Little Humility
Gayle Rubin
Enactivism: The Movie
Dennis Allen, Jaime Hovey, and Judith Roof On the DVD
Totally Kickball, or The
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