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Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957 (Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society)

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In August 1934, young Cyril L. wrote to his friend Billy about all the exciting men he had met, the swinging nightclubs he had visited, and the vibrant new life he had forged for himself in the big city. He wrote, "I have only been queer since I came to London about two years ago, before then I knew nothing about it." London, for Cyril, meant boundless opportunities to explore his newfound sexuality. But his freedom was limite: he was soon arrested, simply for being in a club frequented by queer men.

Cyril's story is Matt Houlbrook's point of entry into the queer worlds of early twentieth-century London. Drawing on previously unknown sources, from police reports and newspaper exposand#233;s to personal letters, diaries, and the first queer guidebook ever written, Houlbrook here explores the relationship between queer sexualities and modern urban culture that we take for granted today. He revisits the diverse queer lives that took hold in London's parks and streets; its restaurants, pubs, and dancehalls; and its Turkish bathhouses and hotelsand#8212;as well as attempts by municipal authorities to control and crack down on those worlds. He also describes how London shaped the culture and politics of queer lifeand#8212;and how London was in turn shaped by the lives of queer men. Ultimately, Houlbrook unveils the complex ways in which men made sense of their desires and who they were. In so doing, he mounts a sustained challenge to conventional understandings of the city as a place of sexual liberation and a unified queer culture.

A history remarkable in its complexity yet intimate in its portraiture, Queer London is a landmark work that redefines queer urban life in England and beyond.

and#8220;Aand#160;ground-breaking work. While middle-class lives and writing have tended to compel the attention of most historians of homosexuality, Matt Houlbrook has looked more widely and found a rich seam of new evidence. It has allowed him to construct a complex, compelling account of interwar sexualities and to map a new, intimate geography of London.and#8221;and#8212;Matt Cook, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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Winner of History Todayand#8217;s Book of the Year Award, 2006

About the Author

Matt Houlbrook is a lecturer in history at the University of Liverpool.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Note on Terminology

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: This Is London

PART 1 POLICING

1. Regulation

PART 2 PLACES

2. Geographies of Public Sex

3. The Pink Shilling

4. The Baths

5. A Room of Oneand#8217;s Own

PART 3 PEOPLE

6. and#8220;Piccadilly Palareand#8221;: The World of the West End Poof

7. and#8220;Londonand#8217;s Bad Boysand#8221;: Homosex, Manliness, and Money in Working-Class Culture

8. and#8220;The Heart in Exileand#8221;: Respectability, Restraint, and the City

PART 4 POLITICS

9. Sexual Difference and Britishness

10. Daring to Speak Whose Name? Queer Cultural Politics

Conclusion

Appendix Queer Incidents Resulting in Proceedings at the Metropolitan Magistrates Courts and City of London Justice Rooms, 1917and#8211;57

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226354620
Author:
Houlbrook, Matt, Dr
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Credits:
Geschonneck, Erwin
Author:
Houlbrook, Matt
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 halftones, 1 map
Pages:
398
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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