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Gay Shame (with DVD)

by David M Halperin and Valerie Traub University of Chicago Press
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Pbk 408 pages
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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 gay and lesbian 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 Shame seeks 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 issues—questions of emotion, disreputable sexual histories, dissident gender identities, and embarrassing figures and moments in gay history—as they explore the possibility of reclaiming shame as a new, even productive, way to examine lesbian and gay culture. Accompanied by a collection of films, performances, and archival imagery on DVD, Gay Shame constitutes nothing less than a major redefinition and revitalization of the field.

AcknowledgmentsGay Shame     Beyond Gay Pride       David M. Halperin and Valerie Traub     Why Gay Shame Now?       David M. HalperinPerforming Shame     Shame, Theatricality, and Queer Performativity: Henry James’s The Art of the Novel       Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick     Mario Montez, For Shame       Douglas Crimp     White-on-White: The Overbearing Whiteness of Warhol Being       Taro Nettleton     Boricua Gazing: An Interview with Frances Negrón-Muntaner       Rita GonzalezSpectacles 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 BersaniDisabled Shame     Shameful Sites: Locating Queerness and Disability       Robert McRuer     Slipping       Abby Wilkerson     Where Is the Truth in Painting Today?       Dylan Scholinski     Tough       Terry Galloway     Sex, Shame, and Disability Identity: With Reference to Mark O’Brien       Tobin SiebersHistories 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 RetzloffCommunities 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 Brazilian Travesti Prostitutes       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 RoofOn the DVD     Totally Kickball, or The Philosophy of Activity-ism       Emma Crandall     Tough       Terry Galloway     Enactivism: The Movie       Dennis Allen, Jaime Hovey, and Judith Roof     Nine Artworks       Dylan Scholinski     Shamelessly Gay: Documents from the Labadie Collection       Julie Herrada and Tim Retzloff     Kiko: Five Color Photographs (to accompany Ellis Hanson, “Teaching Shame”)     Marlene Dietrich: Four Black-and-White Photographs (to accompany David Caron, “Shame on Me, or The Naked Truth about Me and Marlene Dietrich”)     Gay Shame Conference Poster         List of Contributors     Index

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.