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BARRY D. ADAM

In: Handbook of Lesbian and Gay Studies

Chapter 2: From Liberation to Transgression and Beyond: Gay, Lesbian and Queer Studies at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

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From Liberation to Transgression and Beyond: Gay, Lesbian and Queer Studies at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
From liberation to transgression and beyond: Gay, lesbian and queer studies at the turn of the twenty-first century

In its relatively recent but flourishing history, lesbian and gay studies has moved rapidly through a series of major transformations. Even the act of naming such a body of knowledge is a contested undertaking. Gay and lesbian studies, like the communities and movements associated with it, was perhaps least problematic as a term sometime in the 1980s. Since then, ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’, which were certainly disputed names even as they gained widespread currency in the 1960s and 1970s, have been challenged by such terms as ‘bisexual’, ‘transgender’, and ‘queer’. A ...

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