A Desired Past by Leila J. Rupp
A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America

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With this book, Leila J. Rupp accomplishes what few scholars have even attempted: she combines a vast array of scholarship on supposedly discrete episodes in American history into an entertaining and entirely readable story of same-sex desire across the country and the centuries.

"Most extraordinary about Leila J. Rupp's indeed short, two-hundred-page history of 'same-sex love and sexuality' is not that it manages to account for such a variety of individuals, races, and classes or take in such a broad chronological and thematic range, but rather that it does all this with such verve, lucidity, and analytical rigor. . . . [A]n elegant, inspiring survey." —John Howard, Journal of American History
 

About Leila J. Rupp

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Leila J. Rupp is a professor in and chair of the Department of History at The Ohio State University.
 
Published November 15, 1999 by University of Chicago Press. 241 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Rupp (History and Women’s Studies/Ohio State Univ.) frames queer history in reasonable and judicious chapters, including considerations of the sexual culture clash between European settlers and indigenous peoples, the same-sex “romantic friendships” of the 19th century, the social and personal ra...

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While most books on gay and lesbian history tend to be scholarly, at times informed by postmodern analysis that can make them challenging for the general reader, Rupp's survey of four centuries of s

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While most books on gay and lesbian history tend to be scholarly, at times informed by postmodern analysis that can make them challenging for the general reader, Rupp's survey of four centuries of ""same-sex love in America"" is, by contrast, extremely accessible.

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