Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated The Modern World

November 21, 2017|
Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated The Modern World by Gregory Woods
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Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards in the LGBTQ Studies category: a landmark account of the seismic changes brought to twentieth-century culture by gay and lesbian networks

"An avalanche of stories, ribald gossip, and lengthy asides . . . collectively confirm the book’s central thesis: gay culture, or at least gays and lesbians, did indeed liberate the modern world."—Booklist

In a hugely ambitious study which crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture. Extending from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era, this book examines a period in which increased visibility made acceptance of homosexuality one of the measures of modernity.
 
Woods shines a revealing light on the diverse, informal networks of gay people in the arts and other creative fields. Uneasily called “the Homintern” (an echo of Lenin’s “Comintern”) by those suspicious of an international homosexual conspiracy, such networks connected gay writers, actors, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, politicians, and spies. While providing some defense against dominant heterosexual exclusion, the grouping brought solidarity, celebrated talent, and, in doing so, invigorated the majority culture.
 
Woods introduces an enormous cast of gifted and extraordinary characters, most of them operating with surprising openness; but also explores such issues as artistic influence, the coping strategies of minorities, the hypocrisies of conservatism, and the effects of positive and negative discrimination. Traveling from Harlem in the 1910s to 1920s Paris, 1930s Berlin, 1950s New York and beyond, this sharply observed, warm-spirited book presents a surpassing portrait of twentieth-century gay culture and the men and women who both redefined themselves and changed history.
Gregory Woods was appointed to Britain’s first chair in Gay and Lesbian Studies by Nottingham Trent University in 1998. He lives in Nottingham, UK.
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Title:Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated The Modern World
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:440 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:440 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.68 in
Published:November 21, 2017
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300228748

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