Gender, Sexuality, and Musical Identity in Twentieth-Century America
This chapter explores the intersections of musical and homosexual identity in twentieth-century American culture. It examines the operative categories and constructs in the cultural and historical specificity of New York-based gay composers from the 1920s to the 1950s, taking a social-constructionist view of what were often highly essentialized understandings of self and other. It also addresses questions that readily arise from queer identifications of so many celebrated twentieth-century American composers, including Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, and Marc Blitzstein.
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