Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History

3 vols. Gale Cengage. Jan. 2019. 1800p. ed. by . illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780684325538. $692. REF
OrangeReviewStarThe modern study of the history of gender and sexuality is a relative newcomer in Western historiography. Since the 1980s, scholars have worked diligently to expand our understanding of the ways in which gender and sexuality have been experienced in the past. Overwhelmingly, however, English-language studies of queer histories have concentrated on the Anglo-American world. This new three-volume encyclopedia supplies a vital correction to this lopsided trajectory. Chiang (history, Univ. of California; After Eunuchs) and various contributors offer 450 articles and sidebars on everything from the activist group ACT UP to Naguib Mahfouz's novel Zuqaq al-Midaq. Articles delve into cultural works (films, books), influential individuals and groups, and concepts such as "camp" or "intersex identities." The title emphasizes global interconnections and the irreducible complexity and multiplicity of queer experience through time and across cultures. The language is accessible to those unfamiliar with the topic, and rich bibliographies offer opportunities for further research. Where appropriate, illustrations—many in color—add an appreciated visual dimension. Cross-references and a thorough index provide additional access points.
VERDICT An essential resource for those just beginning to study queer history, and highly recommended for readers, even those well versed in the subject, who wish to gain a global perspective.
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