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Queer domesticities : homosexuality and home life in twentieth-century London / Matt Cook.
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306.766209421 COO
Includes bibliographical references (pages 298-316) and index.
Contents: Part I. Beautiful homes. Introduction -- 1. Domestic passions : unpacking the homes of Charles Shannon and Charles Ricketts -- 2. Queer interiors : C.R. Ashbee to Oliver Ford -- Epilogue -- Part II. Queer families. Introduction -- 3. George Ives, queer lives and the family -- 4. Joe Ackerley's 'Family values' -- Epilogue -- Part III. Outsiders inside : finding room in the city. Introduction -- 5. Remembering bedsitterland : Rex Batten, Carl Marshall and Alan Louis -- 6. Homes fit for homos : Joe Orton's queer domestic -- Part IV. Taking sexual politics home. Introduction -- 7. 'Gay times' : the Brixton squatters -- 8. Derek Jarman's domestic politics.
2014 ©2014
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Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan
xiii, 326 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
9780230221390 (hbk.)
"Queer Domesticities is about the ways in which queer men have made, experienced and described their homes and families in London. How have changing social, economic, cultural and political contexts pressed in on those domestic lives? How did rented
bedsits in Camden, squatted terraces in Brixton or privately owned flats in Mayfair shape queer experience? Where did the contradictory stereotypes of queer men being homeless 'exiles from kin' or else arbiters of domestic taste and fashion spring from? And what difference did these ideas make to ordinary queer men trying to find a sense of home in the city? In this book, Matt Cook takes queer history indoors and shows how queer men orientated their sense of themselves there — behind closed doors and apart from the public bars, clubs, cruising grounds, courtrooms, and protest and pride marches that have more often drawn our attention. In this way he integrates queer men into histories of home and family life, and gives historical perspectives on the recent upsurge in interest in gay domesticity accompanying legal change on adoption and marriage. Unheard oral histories and unpublished diaries bring the lives of relatively unknown men into view alongside fresh accounts of famous and infamous figures, including artists Charles Shannon and Charles Ricketts, architect and romantic socialist C.R. Ashbee, early reformer George Ives, interior designer Oliver Ford, writer and editor J.R. Ackerley, 'stately homo' Quentin Crisp, playwright Joe Orton and film-maker Derek Jarman."--Back cover.
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