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i n t r o d u c t i o n
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,


It takes time to make queer people.—Gertrude Stein
This book gathers together some texts produced by gay men and lesbi
in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century—poems
Hart Crane, novels by Willa Cather, gay male physique magazines, and
bian pulp fiction—to argue that, during this period, queer writers and
ists were groping their way toward a notion of homosexuality defined b
particular relationship to the idea of history. This relationship, which I
‘‘foundling,’’ entails imagining, on one hand, an exile from sanctioned
perience, most often rendered as the experience of participation in fam
life and the life of communities and, on the other, a reunion with so
‘‘people’’ or sodality who redeem this exile and surpass the painful lim
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