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FINALIST 2016 Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Anthology, presented by the Lambda Literary Foundation
The first book to focus on the experience of LGBT archival research.
Out of the Closet, Into the Archives takes readers inside the experience of how it feels to do queer archival research and queer research in the archive. The archive, much like the closet, exposes various levels of public and privateness—recognition, awareness, refusal, impulse, disclosure, framing, silence, cultural intelligibility—each mediated and determined through subjective insider/outsider ways of knowing. The contributors draw on their experiences conducting research in disciplines such as sociology, African American studies, English, communications, performance studies, anthropology, and women’s and gender studies. These essays challenge scholars to engage with their affective experience of being in the archive, illuminating how the space of the archive requires a different kind of deeply personal, embodied research.
Amy L. Stone is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University and author of Gay Rights at the Ballot Box. Jaime Cantrell is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Foreword Ann Cvetkovich
Introduction: Something Queer at the Archive Amy L. Stone and Jaime Cantrell
PART I. ARCHIVAL MATERIALITY
1. Making a Place for Lesbian Life at the Lesbian Herstory Archives Agatha Beins
2. Secrets in Boxes: The Historian as Archivist Craig M. Loftin
3. Papered Over, or Some Observations on Materiality and Archival Method Maryanne Dever
PART II. BEYOND THE TEXT
4. Elsa Gidlow’s Garden: Plants, Archives, and Queer History Greg Youmans
5. Indexing Desire: The Gay Male Pornographic Video Collection as Affective Archive Whitney Strub
6. Feverishly Lesbian-Feminist: Archival Objects and Queer Desires Julie R. Enszer
PART III. ARCHIVAL MARGINALIZATIONS
7. Straight Talk, Queer Haunt: The Paranormal Activity of the Chicano Art Movement Robb Hernández
8. Victory Celebration for Essex Charles Hemphill; or, What Essex Saved Rebecca Lynne Fullan
9. Interrogating Trans* Identities in the Archives Liam Oliver Lair
10. Putting Trans* History on the Shelves: The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, Canada Aaron H. Devor and Lara Wilson
PART IV: CATALOGING QUEER LIVES
11. Autobiographical Text, Archives, and Activism: The Jane Rule Fonds and Her Unpublished Memoir,Taking My Life Linda M. Morra
12. Interviewing Hustlers: Cross-Class Relations, Sexual Self-Documentation, and the Erotics of Queer Archives Yuriy Zikratyy
13. SUBSCRIBE to Feminary! Producing Community, Region, and Archive Jaime Cantrell