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Reader's guide to lesbian and gay studies /
editor, Timothy F. Murphy.
imprint
Chicago ; London : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000.
description
xxviii, 720 p. ; 28 cm.
ISBN
1579581420
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imprint
Chicago ; London : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000.
isbn
1579581420
catalogue key
3859324
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-07-01:
As an academic discipline, lesbian and gay studies is still in its infancy. A distinct body of scholarly literature on lesbian/gay/ queer-related topics has emerged, however, especially in the last 20 years, and it is surprising that a reference of this comprehensiveness has not appeared sooner. Editor Murphy (medical humanities, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; Gay Science: The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research) has assembled over 400 entries by 223 contributors. Covering articles and books (mainly in English), they reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the subject, ranging from regional studies to literary criticism to such subcultural phenomena as the bear culture and the Radical Faeries. Each entry includes a list of works, an introduction to the topic, and a brief summary and analysis of the literature. Also included are booklist and general indexes and a thematic list grouping topical entries into broad subject areas. While one might quibble that a single volume can only skim the surface of such a complex, diverse discipline, this is still a remarkable and groundbreaking work. An essential purchase for human sexuality and gay and lesbian study collections, it belongs in most academic and public libraries."Richard J. Violette, Special Libraries Cataloguing, Victoria, BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
Murphy, who writes frequently on gay topics, focuses this guide on academic literature important to gay and lesbian studies. Each of approximately 500 alphabetically arranged, signed essays on a broad range of topics (bisexuality and transgenderism are touched briefly) runs one to five pages in length, briefly discussing the topic before providing short critical paragraphs on five to ten significant works (primarily monographs). Since the articles are written by a wide range of scholars, quality varies, but most are surprisingly readable and could be understood by nonacademics. Bibliographies are generally up-to-date and include the most significant works, although knowledgeable readers might discover occasional omissions. The handy "Booklist Index" and general index conclude the volume. More than a few of the reviewers are graduate students, but many have gay/lesbian writing credentials that validate their authority. Murphy's guide updates Wayne R. Dynes's essential Homosexuality: A Research Guide (CH, Jul'87), anthologies like The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, ed. by Henry Abelove et al. (1993), and the fine St. James Press Gay & Lesbian Almanac, ed. by Neil Schlager (CH, Mar'99), which features extensive unannotated bibliographies. Highly recommended as a collection aid for all libraries supporting lesbian and gay studies. A. J. Adam; Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University
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Library Journal, July 2000
Reference & Research Book News, August 2000
Choice, September 2000
Booklist, November 2000
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The aim of the Fitzroy Dearborn Reader's Guides is to provide guidance to the secondary material in specific intellectual disciplines by means of essays that analyze, interpret, and evaluate that material -- providing the student, teacher, researcher, and librarian with informed recommendations for further reading.The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies surveys the field in some 470 entries on individuals (Adrienne Rich); arts and cultural studies (Dance); ethics, religion, and philosophical issues (Monastic Traditions); historical figures, periods, and ideas (Germany between the World Wars); language, literature, and communication (British Drama); law and politics (Child Custody); medicine and biological sciences (Health and Illness); and psychology, social sciences, and education (Kinsey Report).Among the numerous reference books in the area of gay-lesbian-queer studies, there is none that is planned and structured along the same lines as this volume, as a critical and explanatory guide to the,wide range of literature available on these topics. An international team of some 200 scholars has contributed to this much-needed guide.
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The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies surveys some 470 entries on individuals, arts and culture, ethics, religion, and philosophical issues, historical figures and ideas, language and literature, law and politics, medicine and biology.
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The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies surveys the field in some 470 entries on individuals (Adrienne Rich); arts and cultural studies (Dance); ethics, religion, and philosophical issues (Monastic Traditions); historical figures, periods, and ideas (Germany between the World Wars); language, literature, and communication (British Drama); law and politics (Child Custody); medicine and biological sciences (Health and Illness); and psychology, social sciences, and education (Kinsey Report).
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This explanatory guide provides readers with some 470 entries on all topics involved in gay and lesbian studies such as ethics, language, literature and communication, health and illness and child custody.
Main Description
The aim of the Reader's Guides is to provide guidance to the secondary material in specific intellectual disciplines by means of essays that analyze, interpret, and evaluate that material--providing the student, teacher, researcher, and librarian with informed recommendations for further reading. The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studiessurveys the field in some 470 entries on individuals (Adrienne Rich); arts and cultural studies (Dance); ethics, religion, and philosophical issues (Monastic Traditions); historical figures, periods, and ideas (Germany between the World Wars); language, literature, and communication (British Drama); law and politics (Child Custody); medicine and biological sciences (Health and Illness); and psychology, social sciences, and education (Kinsey Report). Among the numerous reference books in the area of gay-lesbian-queer studies, there is none that is planned and structured along the same lines as this volume, as a critical and explanatory guide to thewide range of literature available on these topics. An international team of some 200 scholars has contributed to this much-needed guide.
Main Description
The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studiessurveys the field in some 470 entries on individuals (Adrienne Rich); arts and cultural studies (Dance); ethics, religion, and philosophical issues (Monastic Traditions); historical figures, periods, and ideas (Germany between the World Wars); language, literature, and communication (British Drama); law and politics (Child Custody); medicine and biological sciences (Health and Illness); and psychology, social sciences, and education (Kinsey Report).

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