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c o n c l u s i o n


This book began as an attempt to understand how certain kinds of stro
emotion could make some early- and mid-twentieth-century lesbian a
gay writers ‘‘feel historical’’ despite a daily problem of feeling patholo
cal. One answer my materials suggested was that these writers inves
significant emotion in representing homosexuality as a secret relation
others, rather than a gendered inversion of self.This theoretical leap is no
easy as it might sound in retrospect; it demanded great imaginative ener
and sometimes patently counterfactual fantasizing, to produce different a
more sociable theories of homosexuality than the ones offered by med
science and religious custom. It is also true that these theories are ne
entirely free of the inversion model they struggle to disown and, furth
that the types of relationship elaborated in such theories are often hidd
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