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Bohemian Los Angelesand the Making of Modern Politics$
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Daniel Hurewitz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249257

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249257.001.0001

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Introduction: Traversing the Hills of Edendale

Introduction: Traversing the Hills of Edendale

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(p.xii) Introduction: Traversing the Hills of Edendale
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Bohemian Los Angeles
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Daniel Hurewitz

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249257.003.0001

One of the iconic persons of Edendale, Los Angeles was Julian Eltinge, a film and vaudeville sensation. While he was hailed and adored as one of the best performers of his time, Eltinge lost his splendor as a star. Sixty years after his death, his name was not remembered, because Eltinge was a particular kind of performer; one whose performances made him a star in the 1910s, but whose mode of performance was scorned by the mid-century and largely forgotten at the century’s end. Eltinge was a spectacular female impersonator. This book is not only about Edendale and its communities. It discusses identities, such as those of the artists, the Communists, and the homosexuals. The book discusses the politicization of sexual identity, and the changing notions and practices of selfhood. It traces the intellectual developments and the application of those ideas in how people built individual lives and communities. The construction of identity emerged from complex interactions. The emergence of homosexual politics and identity politics was not only a creative product of many homosexuals; rather, it was shaped by the community that was re-imagining the relationship between emotions and politics. Los Angeles, captivated by the ties between vice, race, and politics, participated in that transformation, which led to a political world.

Keywords:   Edendale, Los Angeles, Julian Eltinge, sexual identity, construction of identity, homosexual politics, identity politics

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