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Author Love, Heather.

Title Feeling backward : loss and the politics of queer history / Heather Love.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.

LocationUniM Bail High Use 
Call No.306.76609175 LOVE


Physical description 196 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-188) and index.
Contents 1. Emotional Rescue: The Demands of Queer History -- 2. Forced Exile: Walter Pater's Backward Modernism -- 3. The End of Friendship: Willa Cather's Sad Kindred -- 4. Spoiled Identity: Radclyffe Hall's Unwanted Being -- 5. Impossible Objects: Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Longing for Revolution -- Epilogue: The Politics of Refusal.
Summary "Feeling Backward weighs the costs of the contemporary move to the mainstream in lesbian and gay culture. While the widening tolerance for same-sex marriage and for gay-themed media brings dear benefits, gay assimilation entails other losses - losses that have been hard to identify or mourn, since many aspects of historical gay culture are so closely associated with the pain and shame of the closet." "Feeling Backward makes an effort to value aspects of historical gay experience that now threaten to disappear, branded as embarrassing evidence of the bad old days before Stonewall. It looks at early twentieth-century queer novels often dismissed as "too depressing" and asks how we might value and reclaim the dark feelings that they represent. Heather Love argues that instead of moving on, we need to look backward and consider how this history continues to affect us in the present." "Through readings of Walter Pater, Willa Gather, Radclyffe Hall, and Sylvia Townsend Warner, and through stimulating engagement with a range of critical sources, Feeling Backward argues for a form of politics attentive to social exclusion and its effects."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Gays -- Social conditions.
Gays -- History.
Gays in literature.
Gay culture.
ISBN 9780674026520 (alk. paper)
0674026527 (alk. paper)