How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization

How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization

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A cultural history of the customs, fashions, and figures of gay life in the twentieth and the early twenty-first centuries-and how they have changed us for the better. How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization presents a broad yet incisive look at how an unusual qimmigrantq group, homosexual men, has influenced mainstream American society and has, in many ways, become mainstream itself. From the way camp, irony, and the gay aesthetic have become part of our national sensibility to the undeniable effect the gay cognoscenti have had on media and the arts, Cathy Crimmins examines how gay men have changed the concepts of community, family, sex, and fashion.And The Boys in the Band was a totally gay play, even if it did succumb to some very negative gay stereotypes. ... In works such as Candide, West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, and Follies, they recreated the American musical as a fluid, socially conscious art form with realistic ... Yet the gay sensibility that shaped West Side Story would in the end begin to pervade the mainstream Broadway show.

Title:How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization
Author:Cathy Crimmins
Publisher:Penguin - 2005-06-02


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