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Author Abraham, Julie.
Title Metropolitan lovers : the homosexuality of cities / Julie Abraham.
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2009.
Book Cover

 Floor4  PS169.H65 A37 2009    IN LIBRARY
Description xxii, 357 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-349) and index.
Contents Preface: The lives of homosexuals in the idea of the city -- I. Setting terms : 1. Les Lesbiennes, or The city in history : Femmes damnées ; The vice of whores ; The victims of capital ; The heroines of modernism -- 2. Oscar Wilde in Los Angeles : Reading lessons ; The legible city ; The genius of criminals ; Ernest in town ; Socialism and interpretation -- II. Claiming residence : 3. Perverts in groups : The social evil in Chicago ; Modern nervousness ; La Ville invisible -- 4. City of women : The social claim and the industrial city ; At home on Halsted Street -- 5. Radclyffe Hall at the Chicago School : The criminal, the defective, and the genius ; Communal lives -- III. The fear and hope of great American cities : 6. Paris, Harlem, Hudson Street-1961 ; Are cities un-American? ; History in the city ; Children and strangers ; Neighborhoods and slums -- 7. City of feeling : The culture of cities ; Into the streets ; Ghetto gentry ; Making urban meaning ; Afterword: Queer in the great city ; Somewhere ; A place for us ; The future of cities.
Summary "From the destruction of Sodom to the selling of Gay Street and from Tales of the City to The L Word, urban life and homosexuality have been made inseparable in Western culture. In this book, Julie Abraham investigates the evolution of this symbiotic relationship over the past two centuries, tracing how homosexuals have simultaneously become model citizens of the modern city and avatars of the urban." "Exploring the lives of prominent gay men and women, literary depictions of gay city life, classic works of urban theory, and the rhetoric of political reformers, Abraham challenges conventional thinking about what it means to be metropolitan and what it means to be queer. From Paris, London, and Manchester, to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, Abraham maps the connections, the exchanges of meaning, and the transfers of value that inform ideas of homosexuality and the city, ideas that have shaped modern life. While the city and homosexuality have long been associated, Abraham analyzes their convergence with unprecedented insight and reveals the inescapable consequences - both positive and negative of this union."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Homosexuality in literature.
American literature -- History and criticism.
Lesbianism in literature.
Cities and towns in literature.
City and town life in literature.
Homosexuality -- History.
City and town life -- United States -- History.
Gays -- United States -- Social conditions.
ISBN 9780816638185 (hc : alk. paper)
0816638187 (hc : alk. paper)
9780816638192 (pb : alk. paper)
0816638195 (pb : alk. paper)
OCLC number 229031012