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PICTURING THE CLOSET: MALE SECRECY AND HOMOSEXUAL VISIBILITY IN BRITAIN. Dominic Janes. Oxford University Press, 2015. 240 pp. ISBN 9780190205638 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: To what extent did people think they could identify an 'obvious' sodomite before the construction of the homosexual as a type of person during the latter part of the nineteenth century? What role did secrecy and denial play in relation to the visual expression of same-sex desire before the term 'the closet' came into widespread use in the latter part of the twentieth century? And what, therefore, did sodomites/homosexuals/gays/queers look like in Britain in 1700, 1800, 1900 and 2000? Could they be spotted mincing down the street? Or were such as these just the flamboyant few whose presence conveniently drew attention away from the many others who wanted to appear 'normal'? These issues are not peripheral to the struggle of the last several decades for individual self-determination and self-expression. It was this set of cultural constructions that the pioneering writer Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (1950-2009) attacked in her book Epistemology of the Closet as representing 'the defining structure for gay oppression in this century'.
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Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166171
Hardcover $65.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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