Book , Print in English

Queer London : perils and pleasures in the sexual metropolis, 1918-1957

Matt Houlbrook.
  • Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2005.
  • xii, 384 pages : illustrations map ; 24 cm.
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Summary
  • "In August 1934, young Cyril L. wrote to his friend Billy about all the exciting men he had met, the swinging nightclubs he had visited, and the vibrant new life he had forged for himself in the big city." "Cyril's story is Matt Houlbrook's point of entry into the queer worlds of early twentieth-century London. Drawing on previously unknown sources, from police reports and newspaper exposes to personal letters, diaries, and the first queer guidebook ever written, Houlbrook here explores the relationship between queer sexualities and modern urban culture that we take for granted today. He revisits the diverse queer lives that took hold in London's parks and streets; its restaurants, pubs, and dancehalls; and its Turkish bathhouses and hotels - as well as attempts by municipal authorities to crack down on those worlds."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • Introduction: This is London
  • Regulation
  • Geographies of public sex
  • The pink shilling
  • The baths
  • A room of one's own
  • "Piccadilly palare" : the world of the West End poof
  • "London's bad boys" : homosex, manliness, and money in working-class culture
  • "The heart in exile" : respectability, restraint, and the city
  • Sexual difference and Britishness
  • Daring to speak whose name? : queer cultural politics
  • Conclusion.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-363) and index.
ISBN
  • 0226354601 (cloth : alk. paper)
Identifying numbers
  • EAN: 9780226354606 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • LCCN: 2005004166
  • OCLC: 57675867