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Esther Newton reads from "My Butch Career: A Memoir"

October 2, 2019 - 6:30pm

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (reception in the Frick Cloisters to follow)

Pioneering LGBTQ Studies Scholar Esther Newton, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Kempner Distinguished Research Professor, SUNY Purchase, will read from My Butch Career: A Memoir, as we celebrate GSWS’s new minor in LGBTQ and Critical Sexuality Studies.

Prof. Newton’s groundbreaking study Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America (1972), the first major anthropological study of a gay community, was based on her equally groundbreaking 1968 dissertation about drag queen culture, establishing Newton as a foundational scholar in LGBTQ studies. Newton is also the author of Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town (1993), Margaret Mead Made Me Gay: Personal Essays, Public Ideas (2000), and a number of influential essays including “The Mythic Mannish Lesbian: Radclyffe Hall and the New Woman” (Signs, 1984), “My Best Informant’s Dress: The Erotic Equation in Fieldwork” (Cultural Anthropology. 1993), and “A Hard Left Fist” (GLQ, 2001). Newton’s memoir My Butch Career (2018) reflects on her life as a “girl refusenik, caught between genders,” a lesbian academic, and an intellectual at the forefront of sexuality studies.

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