An American Obsession

Terry Jennifer
Drawing on original research from medical texts, psychiatric case histories, pioneering statistical surveys, first-person accounts, legal cases, sensationalist journalism, and legislative debates, Jennifer Terry has written a nuanced and textured history of how the century-old obsession with homosexuality is deeply tied to changing American anxieties about social and sexual order... Read More
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Drawing on original research from medical texts, psychiatric case histories, pioneering statistical surveys, first-person accounts, legal cases, sensationalist journalism, and legislative debates, Jennifer Terry has written a nuanced and textured history of how the century-old obsession with homosexuality is deeply tied to changing American anxieties about social and sexual order in the modern age.

Terry's overarching argument is compelling: that homosexuality served as a marker of the abnormal against which malleable, tenuous, and often contradictory concepts of the normal were defined. One of the few histories to take into consideration homosexuality in both women and men, Terry's work also stands out in its refusal to erase the agency of people classified as abnormal. She documents the myriad ways that gays, lesbians, and other sexual minorities have coauthored, resisted, and transformed the most powerful and authoritative modern truths about sex. Proposing this history as a useable past, An American Obsession is an indispensable contribution to the study of American cultural history.

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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226793672
ISBN-13 9780226793672
GTIN-13 9780226793672
GTIN-14 09780226793672
Subtitle Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society
Author Terry Jennifer
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 551
Publication Date Dec 14, 1999
Dimension 5.98 in 9.02 in 1.23 in