In a hugely ambitious study that 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 20th-century gay culture and the men and women who both redefined themselves and changed history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sackville. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027231/bk_adbl_027231_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The award-winning, field-defining history of gay life in New York City in the early to mid-20th centuryGay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Drawing on a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, George Chauncey constructs a fascinating portrait of a vibrant, cohesive gay world that is not supposed to have existed. Called ´´monumental´´ (Washington Post), ´´unassailable´´ (Boston Globe), ´´brilliant´´ (Nation), and ´´a first-rate book of history´´ (New York Times), Gay New York forever changed how we think about the history of gay life in New York City and beyond. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Halstead. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/005208/bk_hach_005208_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Today it is widely recognized that gay men played a prominent role in defining the culture of mid-20th-century America, with such icons as Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Montgomery Clift, and Rock Hudson defining much of what seemed distinctly ´´American´´ on the stage and screen. Even though few gay artists were ´´out,´´ their sexuality caused significant anxiety during a time of rampant anti-homosexual attitudes. Michael Sherry offers a sophisticated analysis of the tension between the nation´s simultaneous dependence on and fear of the cultural influence of gay artists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Johnny Heller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015586/bk_adbl_015586_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Krista Doyle grew up in a small town in Louisiana where everyone was a gossip and a devout church goer. She attended church every Sunday where she listened to her grandfather preach from the stage, where she sang hymns from the audience as her mother led the choir, and where she was strictly taught that everything was black and white, right and wrong. So - how was Krista to cope with being a lesbian? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy Tallmadge. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024669/bk_adbl_024669_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of Randy Shilts Award In the half century before the Nazis rose to power, Berlin became the undisputed gay capital of the world. Activists and medical professionals made it a city of firsts-the first gay journal, the first homosexual rights organization, the first Institute for Sexual Science, the first sex reassignment surgeries-exploring and educating themselves and the rest of the world about new ways of understanding the human condition. In this fascinating examination of how the uninhibited urban culture of Berlin helped create our categories of sexual orientation and gender identity, Robert Beachy guides readers through the past events and developments that continue to shape and influence our thinking about sex and gender to this day.
In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the New York Times best-selling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One places today´s heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win. Though they may seem to be dividing the country irreparably, today´s heated cultural and political battles between right and left, progressives and the Tea Party, religious and secular are far from unprecedented. In this engaging and important work, Stephen Prothero reframes the current debate, viewing it as the latest in a number of flashpoints that have shaped our national identity. Prothero takes us on a lively tour through time, bringing into focus the election of 1800, which pitted Calvinists and Federalists against Jeffersonians and ´´infidels´´; the Protestants´ campaign against Catholics in the mid-19th century; the anti-Mormon crusade of the Victorian era; the fundamentalist-modernist debates of the 1920s; the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s; and the current crusade against Islam. As Prothero makes clear, our culture wars have always been religious wars, progressing through the same stages of conservative reaction to liberal victories that eventually benefit all Americans. Drawing on his impressive depth of knowledge and detailed research, he explains how competing religious beliefs have continually molded our political, economic, and sociological discourse and reveals how the conflicts that separate us today, like those that came before, are actually the byproducts of our struggle to come to terms with inclusiveness and ideals of ´´Americanness´´. To explore these battles, he reminds us, is to look into the soul of America - and perhaps find essential answers to the questions that beset us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tristan Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004865/bk_harp_004865_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Seit dem Mauerfall vor 30 Jahren hat sich Berlin zu einem der weltweit führenden Zentren schwuler Kultur und schwulen Lebens entwickelt und zieht Künstler und Autoren aus aller Welt an. Dieses schwule Berlin ist das zentrale Thema: Einheit, Ost-West-Geschichten, Freiheit ohne Mauern, das schwule Leben in der DDR im Vergleich zur westberliner bzw. westdeutschen Szene, die wilden Jahre nach der Wiedervereinigung - und Ideen für die Zukunft queeren Lebens in dieser Stadt. Essays, Gedichte, erotische Geschichten, Interviews und viele Bilder.Beiträge von Bernd Gaiser, Henning von Berg, Eva & Adele, Harald Hauswald / OSTKREUZ, Jochen Hick, Anja Müller, Slava Mogutin, Michael Sollorz, Wieland Speck, Wolfgang Tillmans u.v.a. Special Edition BERLIN GAY METROPOLIS 1989-2019. In the 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall in the autumn of 1989, Berlin has developed into one of the leading centres of gay life and culture, attracting also numerous queer artists and authors from around the world. Unity, East meets West, gay life in the GDR versus BRD, the wild years after the reunification and the global gay metropolis that Berlin is today - these are some of the topics - memories, poems, short stories, essays - and photographs, collages, drawings and images of all kinds.