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By Jennifer Terry

Drawing on unique examine from clinical texts, psychiatric case histories, pioneering statistical surveys, first-person money owed, criminal instances, sensationalist journalism, and legislative debates, Jennifer Terry has written a nuanced and textured historical past of the way the century-old obsession with homosexuality is deeply tied to altering American anxieties approximately social and sexual order within the glossy age.

Terry's overarching argument is compelling: that homosexuality served as a marker of the "abnormal" opposed to which malleable, tenuous, and infrequently contradictory recommendations of the "normal" have been outlined. one of many few histories to take into account homosexuality in either men and women, Terry's paintings additionally sticks out in its refusal to erase the corporation of individuals categorized as irregular. She files the myriad ways in which gays, lesbians, and different sexual minorities have coauthored, resisted, and remodeled the main robust and authoritative glossy truths approximately intercourse. offering this background as a "useable past," An American Obsession is an essential contribution to the examine of yank cultural history.

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