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Marcus Aurelius In Love -
"This is the best contribution to the history of homosexuality I have read in some time. For centuries, Arab-Islamic cultures have been notorious for their occasional celebration and practice of male homosexuality. Western travelers have talked about it and, in some cases, Western novels and scholarship have portrayed or alluded to it. Yet, there has never been a reliable or systematic treatment of the topic - that is, until now. Working from an impressive range of primary sources that include poetic, theological, Koranic, historical, legal, and literary texts, Khaled El-Rouayheb, with this book, fills an important gap in our knowledge about the nature of attitudes towards male eroticism in the early modern Arab-Islamic world." David M. Halperin, author of 'How to Do the History of Homosexuality'. To order call 0207 278 7654.
Beteen 1885 and 1967 all homosexual acts were illegal in the UK. How did this affect the relationships of gay men? People's lives are complex, contradictory and inconsistent. They can also be rich and passionate; at times lonely, at times exciting. Between the Actsreflects this in the life histories of fifteen homosexual men from across that period. What is special about their stories is that they are told by the men themselves in a series of moving and immensely readable interviews. Their memories and experiences provide exceptional insights into how gay men made sense of their lives and fashioned for themselves manageable personal social identities at a time when it was not possible to be open about thier sexuality. The interviews are with ordinary people from a variety of backgrounds - anmong them a soldier, a priest, a dancer, a civil servant, a teacher and an academic - all with differing political and social attitudes. Reccommended. To order call 0207 278 7654.
Latimer explores the revolutionary period between WWI and WWII when lesbian artists working in Paris began to shape the first visual models that gave lesbians a collective sense of identity and allowed them to recognize each other. Flocking to Paris, artists and performers such as Romaine Brooks, Claude Cahun, Marcel Moore, and Suzy Solidor used portraiture to theorize and visualize a 'new breed' of feminine subject. Combining gender theory with visual culture and historical analysis, Latimer draws a vivid picture of the impact of sexual politics on the cultural life of Paris during this key period. The book also illuminates the far-reaching consequences of lesbian portraiture on contemporary constructions of lesbain identity. To order call 0207 278 7654.
The Modern History of Sexuality.
The new Modern History of Sexuality is accessible yet theoretically informed, detailed yet wide -ranging. Each chapter is thematic and subjects covered include demography, law, marriage, cities, religion, prostitution, race and empire, sexology, pornography, transgender and childhood. An excellent introduction to the history of sex. To order call 0207 278 7654.
This is a brilliantly illuminating study of sex, love and scandal in Wilde times. "In four detailed case studies, all based on archival work, Morris B. Kaplan explores a complex network of loyal romantic friends, brazen cross-dressers, upper-class male brothels - and astonishing legal decisions. His analysis of Eton College friendships uncovers a potent mixture of politics and sex among the most powerful men of the late nineteenth century. Kaplan is always sensitive to the ways in which the past is a different country, but also strangely familiar to us. In this very readable book, fresh, unexpected connections reveal the pervasive importance of male erotic friendship in the Victorian peroid." Martha Vicinus, University of Michigan. Highly Reccommended. To order call 0207 278 7654.
When homosexuality was illegal and gay men were closeted there were few safe places to be. Apart from the theatre, passenger ships provided the only safe space where gay men could be not only out, but outrageously camp. Efficient, able-bodied seamen by day, queens and butches strutted their stuff below deck at night, dressed up as their favourite Hollywood stars. Hello Sailor! opens up a secret world of bold young men having a ball as they sashayed and minced across the world's oceans. Never before has the full story of homsexuality in the British merchant navy been told. With many original photos and featuring a remarkable cast of characters, this groud-breaking book expands and deepens our vision of gay history. To order call 0207 278 7654.
'A terrific piece of nonfiction, a satisfying and illuminating document that will be referred to time and again.'
- The Advocate.
In 1969, a series of riots over police action against the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, changed the landscape of the homosexual in society literally overnight. Since then, the event itself has become the stuff of legend, with relatively little hard information available on the riots themselves. Now, based on hundreds of interviews, an exhaustive search of public and previously sealed files, and over a decade of intensive research into the history and the topic, Stonewall brings this singular event to vivid life in this definitive story. To order call 0207 278 7654.
The photos in this collection are, quite simply, as beautiful and tender as the relationships they reveal. This fascinating book tells the evolving history of New Zealandís gay men, through the individual lives of clerks, labourers, gardeners, soldiers, actors, and writers. This first-ever homosocial/ homosexual history of New Zealand combines lively, engaging scholarship with a remarkable collection of 130 images, spanning the period 1830 to 1980. Written in an accessible style, the volume is beautifully illustrated and sensitively collated. To order call 0207 278 7654.
'As entertaining as it is informative...sets a standard in gay dictionaries and encyclopedias that others should note and follow. Highly recommended'.Gay Times
'A good job of an impossible task, looking beyond the borders of North America, Australia and northern Europe to include people who have made important contributions from outside the gay and lesbian mainstream.'Diva
Comprehensive biographical guide to the key men and women in the history of Western homosexuality. Covers famous, notorious and previously unsknown figures across royalty, politics, the arts, medicine, religion and more. Fully cross-referenced. This is an ideal book for anyone with an interest in the history of gay and lesbian culture. To order call 0207 278 7654.
'An indispensable resource on same-sex sexual relationships and their social contexts...Essential reading.'Choice
In Homosexualities, one of the world's leading authorities on global homosexualities has produced a magnum opus. Breathtaking in its historical and geographical scope, Stephen O.Murray's landmark work provides a sweeping examination of the constuction of male and female homosexualities, stressing both the variability of the forms same-sex desire can take and the key recurring patterns it has formed throughout history. From imperial China to Tudor England, and from medieval Egypt to the Ottoman Empire to modern Japan, Murray expertly explores the full range of both behaviour and meaning in same-sex relationships. To order call 0207 278 7654.
This is a funny book looking into the serious way homosexual men have shaped American culture, things it look into are - Why were many of the greatest playwrites of the last half of the twentieth century - Tennessee Williams, Lanford Wilson, Terrence McNally, Edward Albee - all gay men writing for straight audience? The gay sensibility has always shaped heterosexual culture, a fact that the straight community is only now beginning to notice and admit. To order call 0207 278 7654.