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By Richard Cleminson

Gender studies of Spain has to date centred nearly solely on ladies, leaving the social and political historical past of male homosexuality nearly untouched. 'Los Invisibles' fills this major hole within the examine of Spanish tradition via studying the consequences of scientific and felony law on male homosexuals. Drawing from the discourse of scientific heritage, Richard Cleminson and Francisco V?zquez Garc?a overview the effect of psychiatry, schooling, race, and the expansion of gay subcultures on cultural representations of homosexuality during this pioneering research.

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Mira, ‘Modernistas, dandis y pederastas: articulaciones de la homosexualidad en la “edad de plata”’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 7, 1 (2001), 63–75. See Halperin, ‘How to Do the History of Homosexuality’. See, for example, L. McNay, Foucault and Feminism: Power, Gender and the Self (Cambridge: Polity, 1992); R. M. Strozier, Foucault, Subjectivity, and Identity: Historical Constructions of Subject and Self (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2002), esp. pp. 79–110. Chauncey, ‘From Sexual Inversion to Homosexuality’, ‘Postscript’, p.

One piece which tackles these very successfully is C. Dean, ‘The Making of Lesbian Sexuality’, in The Frail Social Body: Pornography, Homosexuality, and Other Fantasies in Interwar France (Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: University of California Press, 2000), pp. 173–215. See, for example, the ‘Introduction’ by G. Chauncey, M. Duberman and M. Vicinus, in Duberman, Vicinus and Chauncey (eds), Hidden from History, pp. 1–13. Columns Design Ltd / Job: Los_Invisibles / Division: Chap1 /Pg. Position: 27 / Date: 20/4 JOBNAME: Los Invisibles PAGE: 28 SESS: 11 OUTPUT: Thu Apr 19 08:54:59 2007 Columns Design Ltd / Job: Los_Invisibles / Division: Chap1 /Pg.

Finally, some comment on the title of this book is required. We have chosen to place ‘Los Invisibles’ in the title, not just in response to the kind of concerns that some other volumes have voiced – the ‘recovery’ of history from a forgotten, lost or deliberately hidden past, even though this is a process that we believe is necessary – but more from a perspective that plays on Columns Design Ltd / Job: Los_Invisibles / Division: Chap1 /Pg. 65 Spanish homosexual life has not suddenly been ‘discovered’ by us, two historians working in different countries.

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