By Jennifer Terry

Drawing on unique study from scientific texts, psychiatric case histories, pioneering statistical surveys, first-person money owed, felony circumstances, sensationalist journalism, and legislative debates, Jennifer Terry has written a nuanced and textured heritage of the way the century-old obsession with homosexuality is deeply tied to altering American anxieties approximately social and sexual order within the glossy age.

Terry's overarching argument is compelling: that homosexuality served as a marker of the "abnormal" opposed to which malleable, tenuous, and infrequently contradictory strategies of the "normal" have been outlined. one of many few histories to take into account homosexuality in either men and women, Terry's paintings additionally sticks out in its refusal to erase the corporation of individuals labeled as irregular. She files the myriad ways in which gays, lesbians, and different sexual minorities have coauthored, resisted, and reworked the main strong and authoritative smooth truths approximately intercourse. providing this heritage as a "useable past," An American Obsession is an critical contribution to the research of yankee cultural historical past.

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