Queer Literature Before Gay Liberation
What did queer lives look like before gay rights burst onto the scene in the late 1960s? How can we understand the different forms that same-sex and queer identities and relationships took before the advent of the modern categories of homosexual, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender over the course of the twentieth century? We will explore the queer past by turning to literature about same-sex and queer desires written in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. Students will explore queer cultural history, as well as learn just how queer the culture of the United States has long been.