Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History

Paperback | March 2, 2012

EditorNan Alamilla Boyd, Horacio N. Roque Ramirez

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Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History is the first book to provide serious scholarly insight into the methodological practices that shape lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer oral histories. Each chapter pairs an oral history excerpt with an essay in which the oralhistorian addresses his or her methods and practices. With an afterword by John D'Emilio, this collection enables readers to examine the role memory, desire, sexuality, and gender play in documenting LGBTQ communities and cultures.The historical themes addressed include 1950s and '60s lesbian bar culture; social life after the Cuban revolution; the organization of transvestite social clubs in the U.S. midwest in the 1960s; Australian gay liberation activism in the 1970s; San Francisco electoral politics and the career ofHarvey Milk; Asian American community organizing in pre-AIDS Los Angeles; lesbian feminist "sex war" cultural politics; 1980s and '90s Latina/o transgender community memory and activism in San Francisco; and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The methodological themes include questions of silence, sexual self-disclosure and voyeurism, the intimacy between researcher and narrator, and the social and political commitments negotiated through multiple oral history interviews. The book also examines the production of comparative racial andsexual identities and the relative strengths of same-sexuality, cross-sexuality, and cross-ideology interviewing.

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Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History is the first book to provide serious scholarly insight into the methodological practices that shape lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer oral histories. Each chapter pairs an oral history excerpt with an essay in which the oralhistorian addresses his or her methods and pr...

Nan Alamilla Boyd is professor of women and gender studies at San Francisco State University and author of Wide Open Town: A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965. Her current research explores the history of tourism in San Francisco. Horacio N. Roque Ramirez is associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Horacio N. Roque Ram!rez and Nan Alamilla Boyd: Introduction: Close Encounters: The Body and Knowledge in Queer Oral HistoryPart 1: Silence1. Carrie Hamilton: Sex, 'Silence,' and Audiotape: Listening for Female Same-Sex Desire in CubaOral history by Carrie Hamilton with "Laura," Havana, Cuba, 2005-20072. Karen Krahulik: Remembering Provincetown: Oral History and Narrativity at Land's EndOral history by Karen Krahulik with Marguerite Beata Cook, Provincetown, Massachusetts, January 22, 19973. Daniel Rivers: Queer Family Stories: Learning from Oral Histories with Lesbian Mothers and Gay Fathers from the Pre-Stonewall EraOral history by Daniel Rivers with Vera Clarice Martin, Apache Junction, Arizona, September 2, 20064. Jeff Friedman: Spiraling Desire: Recovering the Lesbian Embodied Self in Oral History NarrativeOral history by Jeff Friedman with Terry Sendgraff, San Francisco, California, November 12 and 28, and December 6, 1990Part 2: Sex5. Nan Alamilla Boyd: Talking About Sex: Cheryl Gonzales and Rikki Streicher Tell Their StoriesOral history by Nan Alamilla Boyd with Cheryl Gonzales, San Francisco, California, February 1, 1992; oral history by Nan Alamilla Boyd with Rikki Streicher, San Francisco, California, January 22, 19926. Jason Ruiz: Private Lives and Public History: On Excavating the Sexual Past in Queer Oral History PracticeOral history by Jason Ruiz with Charles W. Paul Larsen, Columbia Heights, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 16, 20047. Kelly Anderson: Gender, Desire, and Feminism: A Conversation between Dorothy Allison and Carmen V zquezOral history by Kelly Anderson with Dorothy Allison and Carmen V zquez, San Francisco, California, November 19, 2007Part 3: Friendship8. Michael David Franklin: Friendship, Institutions, Oral HistoryOral history interview by Michael David Franklin and Dorthe Troeften with Carol, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 24, 20059. Daniel Marshall: Gay Teachers and Students, Oral History and Queer KinshipOral history by Daniel Marshall with Gary Jaynes and Graham Carbery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, August 6, 200810. Horacio N. Roque Ram!rez: Sharing Queer Authorities: Collaborating for Transgender Latina and Gay Latino Historical MeaningsOral history by Horacio N. Roque Ram!rez with Alberta Nevaeres (aka "Teresita la Campesina"), San Francisco, California, April 27, 1996Part 4: Politics11. Marcia M. Gallo: Conversations with Stella, Los Angeles Daughters of Bilitis PioneerOral history by Marcia Gallo with Stella Rush, Los Angeles, California, March 15 and 19, May 21 and 22, 200212. Martin Meeker: "You Could Argue That They Control Power": Politics and Interviewing across SexualitiesOral history by Martin Meeker with Quentin Kopp, San Mateo, California, April 16 and 17, 200713. Steve Estes: Don't Ask: Discussing Sexuality in the American Military and the MediaOral history by Steve Estes with Brian Hughes, Washington D.C., January 25, 200514. Eric C. Wat: Thanks for the Memories: A Narrator Asks an Oral Historian for ValidationOral history by Eric Wat with Ernest Wada, Los Angeles, California, December 4, 1997John D'Emilio: Afterword: "If I Knew Then..."ContributorsIndex