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Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Studies

This guide provides a variety of helpful resources for conducting research in LGBTQ Studies.

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Welcome to the LGBTQ Studies research guide. Here you will find information about finding databases, books and reference materials, and course guides related to the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues. You may also want to reference the Sociology research guide for additional information.

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Suggested Books in LGBTQ Studies

A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being

Through personal stories from people with a variety of backgrounds and gender and sexual identities, readers will learn more about expressing gender and sexuality; creating strong and intimate relationships; exploring unique perspectives on empathy, compassion, and social justice; belonging to communities and acting as role models and mentors; and, enjoying the benefits of living an authentic life.

Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare

Shakesqueer puts the most exciting queer theorists in conversation with the complete works of William Shakespeare. Exploring what is odd, eccentric, and unexpected in the Bard’s plays and poems, these theorists highlight not only the many ways that Shakespeare can be queered but also the many ways that Shakespeare can enrich queer theory.

Opacity and the Closet: Queer Tactics in Foucault, Barthes, and Warhol

Opacity and the Closet interrogates the viability of the metaphor of “the closet” when applied to three important queer figures in postwar American and French culture: the philosopher Michel Foucault, the literary critic Roland Barthes, and the pop artist Andy Warhol. Nicholas de Villiers proposes a new approach to these cultural icons that accounts for the queerness of their works and public personas.

How Soon is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time

How Soon Is Now? performs a powerful critique of modernist temporal regimes through its revelatory exploration of queer ways of being in time as well as of the potential queerness of time itself. Carolyn Dinshaw focuses on medieval tales of asynchrony and on engagements with these medieval temporal worlds by amateur readers centuries later.