2012 Reading for LGBTQ Pride

June 23rd, 2012 by Front Table

Happy Pride from your Co-op!

Some recent titles to whet your appetite…

Windy City Queer, edited by Kathie Bergquist

University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.

A new anthology of queer Chicago writers, edited by a Columbia College writing teacher.

Sacred Monsters by Edmund White

Magnus Books, October 2011.

Novelist Edumnd White traces, in elegant prose, the queer histories of some of our most beloved artists, from Auguste Rodin to Robert Mapplethorpe to James Merrill to Edith Wharton.

Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America  by Christopher Bram

Hachette, February 2012.

A history of gay writers from the post-WWII years to the present, this book is both the history of a literary movement and a history of social change.

Gay Lives by Robert Aldrich

Thames and Hudson, April 2012.

Now the definitive overview of gay biography, Robert Aldrich’s Gay Lives begins in 2400 BC, depicting a rich history of homosexuality across time and space–with illustration!

The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neoliberal Governance by Jay Cee Whitehead

University of Chicago Press, December 2011.

Dissecting the focus on gay marriage as the signature gay rights issue, Whitehead argues that the shift towards the institution (and away from earlier activism) is tied to the larger societal shift towards neo-liberalism.

The Gentrification of the Mind by Sarah Schulman

University of California Press, February 2012.

Bearing witness to the massive loss of life at the onset of AIDS, Sarah Schulman simultaneously maps the lost power of imagination wielded by the queer community–and in particular, in the artist enclaves of New York’s Lower East Side. This book is a powerful testament to that lost potential, and an informed critique of the mainstreaming of queer culture since.

Sex and Disability edited by Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow

Duke University Press, January 2012.

For years, Duke has been a trustworthy source of academic work on queer studies, and this book is no exception. A strong collection of essays in the growing field at the intersection of queer studies and disability studies, this book carries serious weight.

Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization edited by Grace Kyungwon Hong and Roderick A. Ferguson

Duke University Press, October 2011.

Like the title above, a strong showing from Duke University Press. And a welcome study of race in what is too often a monochromatic field.

Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock

Beacon Press, January 2012.

These three authors turn a sharp eye to the American criminal legal system to show how LGBT people are  not treated equally by, and under, the law.

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