Essays political and historical by a leading gay activist and historian.
John D'Emilio is Professor of History and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970 and Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (with Estelle B. Freedman). He was the first director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Policy Institute.
"An impressive return to form from the founding father of queer historical studies ... "--GAY TIMES, June 2003 "A rabble-rousing college student in the 1960s, a gay liberation activist from the 1970s on, and a former director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Public Policy Institute in the 1990s, University of Illinois history professor John D'Emilio witnessed first-hand the flowering of gay rights and gay acceptance in American culture, as well as the political backlash. He records these in The World Turned."--Publishers Weekly "Leading gay activist D'Emilio is one of the great pioneers of gay history... The 16 pieces collected here ... blend together into a vivid portrait of gay thought in the past 15 years... All academic libraries will want this title, and many public libraries need to consider it as well because the essays are not only inherently interesting but also clearly and accessibly written."--Library Journal "Prowling through the dense, exotic terrain of American pop culture, John D'Emilio returns with a detailed map that charts the migration of gays to the center of our national consciousness during the last decade. The scapegoating of gays by the Christian Right, the controversy simmering around the gay-gene theory, and the influence of the great AIDS activist Larry Kramer, are just a few of the topics surveyed in this collection of essays, all of which read like savvy coffeehouse banter rather than jargon-cluttered academics... D'Emilio shows us that the world has indeed 'turned,' that instead of looking the other way, it faces us head-on, acknowledging our presence in ways it never has before."--Tony Peregrin, New City Chicago "John D'Emilio's writing should be required for every gay, lesbian, bi or trans person... The World Turned is a profound work that provides historical context for a decade that was truly transforming."--Scott Blaine Swenson, Lambda Book Report "The World Turned takes the supposed tension between activism and academia and kicks it to the curb... D'Emilio makes a stirring case for moving beyond fragmented identity politics based on ethnicity or sexual orientation, and for an approach that 'turns outward...' D'Emilio sees the 1990s as a decade of enormous social transformation in the political power of lesbians and gay men, a time when indeed 'the world turned.' Others have made this claim, but D'Emilio has enough historical perspective to make the case effectively."--Christopher Capozzola, Gay and Lesbian Review/Worldwide "[A] valuable exposure to a mind and heart constantly turned toward understanding, communicating and synthesizing for us the problems and triumphs that fighting for our rights entails."--H.E.B., Frontiers "An impressive return to form from the founding father of queer historical studies..."--Gay Times "There is much to nourish the curious queer mind in The World Turned, D'Emilio's academic but nicely accessible collection of a decade's musings on assorted queer concerns...Each of the 16 pieces is thoughtful and engaging--even one as slight as a eulogy for a friend--and though there is no particular theme connecting the selections, they share the common thread of D'Emilio's friendly intelligence and inclusive take on the queer community."--Richard Labonte, Bookmarks (syndicated newsletter) "[T]he volume will be of interest to a wide audience. Not surprisingly, activists, organizers, and students of gay liberation will find it invaluable for putting in proper historical context what they may already be familiar with or indeed have participated in. It will undoubtedly inform future thinking on strategy and goals. In addition, scholars of social movements, both sociologists and historians, will find rich narratives that will reefing concepts and rework theories."--Steve Valocchi, Journal of the History of Sexuality "[A]ll queer historians should celebrate the publication of John D'Emilio's The World Turned... [A] fascinating and important book that will likely help to define research into the queer history of the United States as much as D'Emilio's earlier work has done."-- Committee on Lesbian and Gay History Newsletter "D'Emilio is at his best when he writes history that is also his story, and the first part of the book ... is most palpitating when the subject touches him directly..."--Louis Godbout, Labour/Le Travail Listed in Journal of the History of Sexuality and Library Journal. Interviewed in Front Page (Raleigh, NC) and Windy City Times. Mentioned in Indianapolis Star, Columbia College Today, NYRB article on "gay gene," Chicago Tribune article on Supreme Court sodomy decision. Lambda award was mentioned in many gay pubs, online venues...