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Learning from history: a queer problem.

Author: Eaklor, V. L.
Author Background: Div. of Human Studies, Alfred Univ., Alfred, NY 14802
Date 7/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity
Volume/Pages 3(3): 195-211
Subject Matter Postmodernism-; Politics-; Theories-; Gays-; Lesbians
Abstract The author explores the ways in which the development of grand narratives of US history may have influenced the direction, tactics, and expectations of lesbian and gay activists. Moving beyond the critiques of identity politics, this study uses and explains postmodern concepts to outline narratives of US reform, and lesbian and gay histories and suggests that lesbian and gay politics have been formed symbiotically within these narratives, shaping them and allowing them to shape those politics. Finally, proposals for using history and postmodern theory to break from this pattern are offered. (Journal abstract.)