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A Queer Geography; Journeys Toward A Sexual Self

Browning, Frank

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ISBN 10: 0517598574 / ISBN 13: 9780517598573
Published by Crown Publishers, Inc, New York, 1996
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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[14], 240, [2] pages. Source Notes. Index. Autographed sticker on front of DJ. Signed by author on title page. Frank Browning is an American author and former correspondent for National Public Radio. His books include "The Fate of Gender: Nature, Nurture and the Human Future", "The Monk & the Skeptic: Dialogues on Sex, Faith and Religion", The Culture of Desire: Paradox and Perversity in Gay Lives Today, and A Queer Geography: Journeys Toward a Sexual Self. Browning worked as a staff correspondent for National Public Radio, where he won two Armstrong Awards for his reporting and coordinated with fellow journalist Brenda Wilson a multi-part series on Aids in Black America that won a Dupont-Columbia prize. He began his work on newspapers in Kentucky then undertook investigative reporting for the muckraking magazine Ramparts. His work has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, the LA Times, Mother Jones, Playboy, Penthouse, Salon and numerous other publications. He has also reported for Marketplace Radio and This American Life. Derived from a Kirkus Review: A murky collection of essays about varying strategies for gay male self-definition. National Public Radio reporter Browning theorizes that in America the ``search for place is at the heart of the gay faith of coming out and being reborn into our own queer culture.'' His discussion of how this process mirrors the Puritans' original impulse in settling America is occasionally provocative. In anecdotes drawn from his own life and many contacts, professional and romantic, Browning finds that the perspectives of men who desire men are so divergent that, especially across generations, they often don't share anything like the same ``interior geography.'' A chapter on transvestite prostitutes in Naples reinforces the unoriginal point that other cultures take for granted ambiguities most Americans have trouble confronting. Browning questions whether the process of coming out doesn't so much liberate the individual as commit him to an unnecessarily formulaic category, the argument is clever but barren. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 74723

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Title: A Queer Geography; Journeys Toward A Sexual ...

Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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What is the gay identity? Do gay people even exist? The bestselling author of The Culture of Desire journeys into the minds of gay men in America and elsewhere to discover how their lives are shaped by time, nation, and desire. In a brilliant argument, Browning shows how and why the gay movement could have only arisen in America.

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A murky collection of essays about varying strategies for gay male self-definition. National Public Radio reporter Browning (The Culture of Desire, 1993, etc.) theorizes that in America the ``search for place is at the heart of the gay faith of coming out and being reborn into our own queer culture.'' While his discussion of how this process mirrors the Puritans' original impulse in settling America is occasionally provocative, he confuses the point by noting that many gay men flout the idea of, and the need for, a queer culture. In anecdotes drawn from his own life and many contacts, professional and romantic, Browning finds that the perspectives of men who desire men are so divergent that, especially across generations, they often don't share anything like the same ``interior geography.'' Browning discusses an obscure New Guinea tribe whose boys perform fellatio on their elders for a time, then become heterosexual; he holds up this provisional brand of sexuality, which is ritually bound up with communal identity, as a contrast to Americans' insistence on sexuality as a matter of individual identity. A chapter on transvestite prostitutes in Naples reinforces the unoriginal point that other cultures take for granted ambiguities most Americans have trouble confronting. Browning questions whether the process of coming out doesn't so much liberate the individual as commit him to an unnecessarily formulaic category, and explains that Michel Foucault didn't publicly avow his homosexuality for this reason; the argument is clever but barren. And like many of Foucault's less brilliant disciples, Browning constantly lards his prose with specious analytical language; for instance, explaining his ``open relationship'' and how gay men acquire extended networks of friends through sex, he says such a social system ``values a dynamic ethics of human interaction over an inherited rule of domestic exclusivity.'' Yes, plus, you get all that sex. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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