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Oscar Wilde, Victorian moral geographies and Empire

Oscar Wilde challenged the moralism of Victorian England and is frequently cited as the leading victim of Victorian puritanism (Adut 2005). His evident and much publicized transgression of dominant views on gender  and sexuality culminated in his stigmatization and imprisonment.  However, it could be argued that while Wilde’s case exposed  processes that controlled bodies and morality […]

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Between Foucault and The Village People: A Transatlantic reflection on Bodies, Race, and Power

The cast of the Village People’s multicultural makeup is a testament to formidable powers of marketing and music business prowess. It is also an instructive note in Atlantic history for the pedantic and those unable to enjoy disco music without dissecting its socio-economic, political, and historical implications. The original cast of The Village People brought together […]

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Transplanting ‘le Village’ of New York in Paris of the 1980s

A central instrument in the creation of a transatlantic movement for LGBT rights has been urban space. Through participation in urban land markets, gay men have increased their visibility and accumulated political and economic capital. In turn, this has provided a basis upon which to make policy and political demands. The perceived early successes of Manhattan […]

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The 1726 Raid of Mother Clap’s Molly House: Georgian London’s ‘Stonewall’ moment?

In Eighteenth Century London, a subculture of effeminate men became visible as many of them were prosecuted and their fates publicized in newspapers and caricatured in literary publications (Norton 2006). Their public humiliation through ‘sodomitical trials’ was widely consumed by an audience that spanned the Atlantic. Georgian London’s subcultures based on male same-sex eroticism became more […]

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A Transatlantic War of Words: HIV Researchers’ Contests for language and symbolic power in the 1980s

New York and Los Angeles emerged as epicenters of an unidentified ‘cancer’ in the early 1980s. As the disease spread, it evoked panic, naive complacency, and/or determination to quickly overcome the malady (Shilts 2003).  The mysterious disease also inspired contests over narrative and the power to name the epidemic. As  the ‘cancer’s’  link to gay men became clear, it […]

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