Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction: In the Interest of Time

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pp. 1-38

About the time we started talking about the ideas in this book, we were getting ready to move for a year to Memphis, Tennessee. Looking up gay life there, we found the most popular gay club in Memphis was called Amnesia. Despite being heralded as “the Club for the new Millennium,” by the time we arrived in Memphis, Amnesia had closed.1 ...

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1. Battles Over the Gay Past: De-generation and the Queerness of Memory

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pp. 39-72

“All profound changes in consciousness by their very nature bring with them characteristic amnesia,” Benedict Anderson claims, explaining the rise of national identity from a deep historical and historiographic dialectic of memory and forgetting. “Out of such oblivions, in specific historical circumstances, spring narratives” (204). ...

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2. For Time Immorial: Marking Time in the Built Environment

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pp. 73-112

Between 1984 and 1992—that is, while fear and grief over AIDS, the previous chapter argued, played out in proscriptions against queer memory— the French historian Pierre Nora was supervising a massive (sevenvolume) study of what he influentially termed lieux de mémoire, places of memory. ...

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3. The Revolution Might be Televised: The Mass Mediation of Gay Memories

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pp. 113-144

The preceding chapters explored manifestations of gay memory in independent film and video, in novels, and in the architectural fabric of urban monuments and neighborhoods. Although, as we argue, these manifestations of memory have gone largely overlooked critically, they are nevertheless clearly imbricated within broader dynamics of gay and queer cultures. ...

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4. Queer Theory is Burning: Sexual Revolution and Traumatic Unremembering

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pp. 145-174

The history of AIDS in the United States and the history of queer theory in the academy overlap almost exactly. Beginning with the publication of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Between Men in 1985, the academic purchase of queer theory grew in tandem with the mounting horror caused by the spread of AIDS. ...

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5. Remembering a New Queer Politics: Ideals in the Aftermath of Identity

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pp. 175-216

The previous chapter showed how appeals to the future risk unremembering the past. This chapter turns to the converse: how memories of loss sited in the past may become occasions for the invention of idealistic futures. We turn here to visual texts—art by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Delmas Howe, ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 217-218

“Memory,” Oscar Wilde wrote, “is the diary that chronicles things that never happened or couldn’t possibly have happened.” Throughout this book we endorse Wilde’s sense of the extravagant fancy often associated with memories, but we are also fortunate to have memories of very real acts of kindness and generosity. ...

Notes

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pp. 219-240

Bibliography

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pp. 241-254

Index

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pp. 255-260

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About the Authors

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pp. 270-270

Christopher Castiglia is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Bound and Determined: Captivity, Culture-Crossing, and White Womanhood from Mary Rowlandson to Patty Hearst ...