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General Information

Name:  George Chauncy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1954

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Illinois Connection

Chauncey was a professor at the University of Chicago from 1991 - 2006.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Chauncey is the Samuel Knight Professor of History & American Studies and DGS of American Studies at Yale University. His field of interests include: U.S.: 20th century US social, cultural, and urban history; Lesbian & gay history; and History of gender & sexuality. In 2012 he was awarded the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. He is co-director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities and has served as the chair of the History Department, chair of LGBT Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Studies for American Studies. Along with the books listed below, Chauncey was also one of three editors of the book, Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940
ISBN: 0465026214

Basic Books. 1995

The award-winning, field-defining history of gay life in New York City in the early to mid-20th century

Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Drawing on a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, George Chauncey constructs a fascinating portrait of a vibrant, cohesive gay world that is not supposed to have existed. Called "monumental" (Washington Post), "unassailable" (Boston Globe), "brilliant" (The Nation), and "a first-rate book of history" (The New York Times), Gay New Yorkforever changed how we think about the history of gay life in New York City, and beyond.

Why Marriage: The History Shaping Today's Debate Over Gay Equality
ISBN: 0465009581

Basic Books. 2005

Angry debate over gay marriage has divided the nation as no other issue since the Vietnam War. Why has marriage suddenly emerged as the most explosive issue in the gay struggle for equality? At times it seems to have come out of nowhere-but in fact it has a history. George Chauncey offers an electrifying analysis of the history of the shifting attitudes of heterosexual Americans toward gay people, from the dramatic growth in acceptance to the many campaigns against gay rights that form the background to today's demand for a constitutional amendment. Chauncey illuminates what's at stake for both sides of this contentious debate in this essential book for gay and straight readers alike.


Gay New York

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