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New York Hustlers PB: Masculinity and Sex in Modern America (Encounters: Cultural Histories) (Paperback)
This important new book, which focuses on the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, but which looks back to the earlier decades of the century and has a conclusion dealing with the 1970s to 1990s, maps the world of those known as 'trade' - ostensibly straight men who would engage in homosexual sex - and hustlers - those who were paid for it. It was a milieu that was central to the sexual histories of several generations of twentieth-century American men and also influenced American literary and visual culture; the 'trade aesthetic' informed the work of a variety of artists, filmmakers, and writers. This sexual culture, though compelling in itself, also allows us to explore some key aspects of modern sexual history.
This pioneering work, which draws on a wide range of visual and literary sources, including previously unpublished material from the Kinsey archives, will appeal to a wide range of readers, especially those interested in the histories of sex, the city, masculinity, and American culture.
About the Author
Barry Reay is Professor of History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand
"Reay wears his theoretical knowledge and expertise lightly yet substantiates a series of key theoretical moves in the history of sexuality and queer history through his vivid evocation of the New York hustler scene." --Matt Cook, Birkbeck, University of London "The author presents a rich picture of a world of hustling and sex in which much of the male population (of all backgrounds) participated in the 1950s and 1960s. Summping Up: Recommended." -- CHOICE