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Queer city: gay London from the Romans to the present day
Peter Ackroyd
Ebook Central ebook
“[Peter Ackroyd] looks at the metropolis in a whole new way - through the history and experiences of its gay population. In Roman Londinium… homosexuality was considered admirable... Then came the Emperor Constantine, …accompanied by the first laws against queer practices. What followed was an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure, from the notorious Normans, whose military might depended on masculine loyalty, and the fashionable female transvestism of the 1620s; to the frenzy of executions for sodomy in the early 1800s and the 'gay plague' in the 1980s. Ackroyd takes us right into this hidden city, celebrating its diversity, thrills and energy on the one hand; but reminding us of its very real terrors, dangers and risks on the other.” – from Melvyl catalog.
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Girlish: growing up in a lesbian home
Lara Lillibridge
Ebook Central ebook
“…Raised to be a free spirit by norm-defying parents, [the author] has to define her own boundaries as she tries to fit into heteronormative suburban life, all while navigating her mother’s expectations, her stepmother’s mental illness, and her father’s serial divorces. Lillibridge bravely tells her own story and offers a unique perspective. At times humorous and pithy while cringe-worthy and heartbreaking at others, Girlish is a human story that challenges readers to reevaluate their own lives and motivations." – from Publisher’s description.
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The ethics of opting out: queer theory's defiant subjects
Mari Ruti
"…provides an accessible yet theoretically rigorous account of the ideological divisions that have animated queer theory during the last decade, paying particular attention to the field's rejection of dominant neoliberal narratives of success, cheerfulness, and self-actualization…Ruti highlights the ways in which queer theory's desire to opt out of normative sociality rewrites ethical theory and practice in genuinely innovative ways at the same time as she resists turning antinormativity into a new norm. This wide-ranging and thoughtful book maps the parameters of contemporary queer theory in order to rethink the foundational assumptions of the field." -- from Publisher's description.
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Boys' love, cosplay, and androgynous idols: queer fan cultures in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan
Jing Jamie Zhao; Ling Yang; Maud Lavin
“Presenting a wide array of concrete case studies of queer fandoms in Chinese-speaking contexts, the essays in this volume challenge long-established Western-centric and Japanese-focused fan scholarship by highlighting the significance and specificities of Sinophone queer fan cultures and practices in a globalized world. The geographic organization of the chapters illuminates cultural differences and the other competing forces shaping geocultural intersections among fandoms based in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.” – from Melvyl catalog.
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Movement, knowledge, emotion : gay activism and HIV/AIDS in Australia
Jennifer Power
Ebook Central ebook, DOAB, OAPEN
“Drawing conclusions about the cultural impact of social movements, the author argues that AIDS activism contributed to improving social attitudes towards gay men and lesbians in Australia, while also challenging some entrenched cultural patterns of the Australian medical system, allowing greater scope for non-medical intervention into the domain of health and illness. The book documents an important chapter in the history of public health in Australia and explores how HIV/AIDS came to be a defining issue in the history of gay and lesbian rights in Australia” – from Publisher’s description.
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Strange survivors : how organisms attack and defend in the game of life
Oné R Pagán
QR177 .P34 2018
"Strange Survivors is more than a collection of curiosities--it is a love letter to science and an argument for the continuing relevance of this evolutionary battle as we face the threat of resistant bacteria and the need for novel medical therapies. Whether discussing blood-thinning bats and electric fish or pondering the power of cooperation, Pagán reveals the surprising lessons found in some of life's natural oddities and how the tactics they employ to live might aid our own survival." --from Melvyl description.
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Metaphysics or ontology?
Piotr Jaroszyński; Hugh McDonald
BD118.P6 J3713 2018
"This volume treats the evolution of the object of metaphysics from being to the concept of being to, finally, the object. It examines metaphysics and ontology, and the history of these terms. It is relevant to scholars and philosophers." --from Amazon description.
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Engaging Japanese philosophy : a short history
Thomas P Kasulis
B5241 .K293 2018
"Philosophy challenges our assumptions - especially when it comes to us from another culture. In exploring Japanese philosophy, a dependable guide is essential. The present volume, written by a renowned authority on the subject, offers readers a historical survey of Japanese thought that is both comprehensive and comprehensible." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Visionary women : how Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters changed our world
Andrea Barnet
HQ1123 .B3575 2018
"This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman's career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Our woman in Havana : a diplomat's chronicle of America's long struggle with Castro's Cuba
Vicki Huddleston; Carlos M Gutierrez
E183.8.C9 H83 2018
"Our Woman in Havana chronicles the past several decades of US-Cuba relations from the bird’s-eye view of State Department veteran and longtime Cuba hand Vicki Huddleston, our top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush." --from Amazon description.
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Class matters : the strange career of an American delusion
Steve Fraser
HN90.S6 F73 2018
"From the decks of the Mayflower straight through to Donald Trump's "American carnage," class has always played a role in American life. In this remarkable work, Steve Fraser twines our nation's past with his own family's history, deftly illustrating how class matters precisely because Americans work so hard to pretend it doesn't. He examines six signposts of American history-the settlements at Plymouth and Jamestown; the ratification of the Constitution; the Statue of Liberty; the cowboy; the 'kitchen debate' between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev; and Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech--to explore just how pervasively class has shaped our national conversation. With a historian's intellectual command and a riveting narrative voice, Fraser interweaves these examples with his own past--including his civil rights activism in Mississippi and his false arrest on charges of planning to blow up the Liberty Bell during the anti-war era--to tell a story both urgent and timeless." --from Melvyl catalog.
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American Islamophobia : understanding the roots and rise of fear
Khaled A Beydoun
BP67 .B49 2018
"Through the stories of Muslim Americans who have experienced Islamophobia across various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, Beydoun shares how U.S. laws shatter lives, whether directly or inadvertently. And with an eye toward benefiting society as a whole, he recommends ways for Muslim Americans and their allies to build coalitions with other groups. Like no book before it, American Islamophobia offers a robust and genuine portrait of Muslim America then and now." --Provided by publisher.