Queer History and Nonfiction

Modern and Modern-ish

Transgender History by Susan Stryker

A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski

Whipping Girl by Julia Serano

Excluded by Julia Serano

Dude You're a Fag: Constructing Masculinity by C J Pascoe

Sex Changes:the Politics of Transgenderism by Patrick Califia

Deviations by Gayle Rubin

Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink and Blue by Leslie Feinberg

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders by Joy Ladin

Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: the History of a Lesbian Community by E Lapovsky "<"-- note this is somewhat biased, ofc all texts are but some more than others, i would reccommend reading it with other books about the era, ofc i would reccomend that for all books.

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: a History of Lesbian Twentieth-Century America by Lillian Faderman

Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement by Ralf Doze

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 by George Chauncey.

How to be Gay: the Making of Modern American Gay Culture by David Halperin

Vampires and Violets: Lesbianism in American Film by Andrea Weiss

A Wilde Desire Took Me: the Homoerotic History of Dracula by T Schaeffer - here

A Kleist Love Letter Translated into English

Kleist's Letters (still in german)


the prose lancelot‘s galehot, malory’s lavain, and the queering of late medieval literature” by gretchen mieszkowski - here

^ (this is a good short starting place / introductory level article)

Between Medieval Men: Male Friendship and Desire in Early Medieval Literature by David Clark

Constructing Medieval Sexuality ed. by Karma Lochrie et al

"For to be Sworne Bretheren til They Deye”: Satirizing Queer Brotherhood in the Chaucerian Corpus by Tison Pugh

Monsters, Gender and Sexuality in Medieval English Literature by Dana M. Oswald

Of Giants: Sex, Monsters and the Middle Ages by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

The Armour of an Alienating Identity by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

masoch/lancelotism by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

A Mayde and the Last of Youre Blood: Galahad's Asexuality in the Morte D'Arthur by Megan Arkenberg

Gay Knights and Gay Rights: Same Sex Desire in Late Medieval Europe and Arthurian Literature by Dorien Zwart

Queer Saints

Near and Middle Eastern Antiquity

Jacob's Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel by Theodore W. Jennings here

"Heroes and their Pals" by David M. Halperin

Translations of and queer stuff about the Epic of Gilgamesh at this site

East Asia

a good source for sources until i get a wider selection on this area (thank you Rottenboysclub)

Queer Voices from Japan by Mark McClelland and Katsuhiko Suganuma

Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Cultural Myths and Social Realities, also by Mark McLelland

Restoried Selves: Autobiographies of Queer Asian/Pacific Island Activists by Kevin K Kumashiro

From "Quare" to "Kweer": Towards a Queer Asian American Critique by J Valero Sapinoso

Boys’ Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols: Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan by Maud Lavin etc.

Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China by Bret Hinch

Male Colors: Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan by Gary P. Leupp

Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600–1950 by Gregory M. Pflugfelder

The 8oh1 Podcast


American/USA History and Politics (Filling in the gaps)

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen

Lies Across America by James Loewen

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky

Early and Often Podcast - covering the history of elections and colonial era america

Revolutions Podcast - season 2, the us revolutionary war

My Country Isn't a Nation by Brett Devereaux of ACOUP

Roe vs. Wade background by Slacktivist

1491 by Charles Mann

Paths of Life edited by Nancy J Parezo

The People: The American Indians of the Southwest edited by Stephen Trimble


We Have Always Lived Here: The Wampanoag Language (movie)

by Ken Burns

* The West

* National Parks

* Baseball

* Jazz

* Etc.


Other Interesting Easy Read Nonfic Books

Common as Air by Lewis Hyde - intro to history of copyright abd the commons in general

Before Religion by B Nongbri - survey of how does religion work in society and in history .... and what even *is* religion??

The Secret Lives of Lobsters by Trevor Corson and Coming Home to Eat by Gary Paul Nabhan - ecology and also food

The Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Stirling - Hacking and the internet!! (it's free)

Terry Jones Documentaries Barbarians - The Celts Medieval Lives The Crusades



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