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ISBN-10: 1478008334
ISBN-13: 9781478008330
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 04/10/2020
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.60" H

My Butch Career: A Memoir

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In My Butch Career Esther Newton tells the compelling, disarming, and at times sexy story of her struggle to write, teach, and find love, all while coming to terms with her identity. Newton recounts a series of traumas and conflicts, from being molested as a child to her failed attempts to live a “normal,” straight life in high school and college. She discusses being denied tenure at Queens College and nearly again so at SUNY Purchase. With humor and grace, she describes her introduction to middle-class gay life and her love affairs. By age forty, where Newton’s narrative ends, she began to achieve personal and scholarly stability in the company of the first politicized generation of out lesbian and gay scholars with whom she helped create gender and sexuality studies. Affecting and immediate, My Butch Career is a story of a gender outlaw in the making, an invaluable account of a beloved and influential figure in LGBT history, and a powerful reminder of only how recently it has been possible to be an openly queer academic.

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"The most captivating part of the book sees Newton circulating through second-wave feminist and lesbian circles in New York and Paris, where the debates, social hierarchies, and tangled affairs she encounters bring her to a late coming of age. In the eighties, her scholarship, once ignored, achieves recognition with the rise of gender and sexuality studies. The book is a thoughtful examination of how personal experiences spur intellectual progress."– "The New Yorker" (2/4/2019 12:00:00 AM)
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ISBN-10: 1478008334
ISBN-13: 9781478008330
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 04/10/2020
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.60" H
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