Composing Oneself (Reprise)
This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of the individual and collective achievements of U.S. gay modernist composers. It suggests that though the meanings of classical music, of homosexual identity, and of Americanness have changed substantially since the zenith of U.S. tonal modernism, the history of the gay Americana composers and their work has much to tell us about ourselves today. It concludes that the history of homosexuality is potentially nothing less than a history of human subjectivity, that is, of “the social construction of the self”.
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