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Feeling Backward Loss and the Politics of Queer History

ISBN-10: 067403239X

ISBN-13: 9780674032392

Edition: 2007

Authors: Heather Love

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Feeling Backward weighs the costs of the contemporary move to the mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. While the widening tolerance for same-sex marriage and for gay-themed media brings clear benefits, gay assimilation entails other losses--losses that have been hard to identify or mourn, since many aspects of historical gay culture are so closely associated with the pain and shame of the closet.Feeling Backward makes an effort to value aspects of historical gay experience that now threaten to disappear, branded as embarrassing evidence of the bad old days before Stonewall. It looks at early-twentieth-century queer novels often dismissed as "too depressing" and asks how we might value and reclaim the dark feelings that they represent. Heather Love argues that instead of moving on, we need to look backward and consider how this history continues to affect us in the present.Through elegant readings of Walter Pater, Willa Cather, Radclyffe Hall, and Sylvia Townsend Warner, and through stimulating engagement with a range of critical sources, Feeling Backward argues for a form of politics attentive to social exclusion and its effects.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 206
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Stephen D. Houston, University Professor of Anthropology at Brigham Young University, is the author of "Reading the Past: Maya Glyphs, Hieroglyphs & History at Dos Pilas: Dynastic Politics of the Classic Maya" & coauthor of "Classic Maya Place Names".Heather Love is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Introduction
Emotional Rescue: The Demands of Queer History
Forced Exile: Walter Pater's Backward Modernism
The End of Friendship: Willa Cather's Sad Kindred
Spoiled Identity: Radclyffe Hall's Unwanted Being
Impossible Objects: Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Longing for Revolution
Epilogue: The Politics of Refusal
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index