Big-League Historian Examines Gay Life

Interesting piece on Stanford historian Paul Robinson. He didn’t come out to colleagues until 1982 but now writes and teaches gay culture. He published Gay Lives: Homosexual Autobiography from John Addington Symonds to Paul Monette in 1999 and started teaching a freshman seminar on gay autobiography in 2000. Robinson is not the only Stanford academic to expand the reach and sweep of gay life. Art historian Richard Meyer co-authored last year’s big gay coffee-table book, Art and Queer Culture, more than 400 image-heavy pages on everything from San Francisco street scenes to Charles Demuth’s fabulous Dancing Sailors (1917).


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