All-College Writing Contest


All-College Writing Contest Winner 2004-05

Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 2004

Author Comments

For me—a college sophomore who clearly didn’t experience them firsthand—one of the most interesting things about the 1960s and 1970s is the variety of identities and modes of living that came out (pun intended) during these two monumentally important decades. The Civil Rights Movement, second-wave feminism, and the Gay Liberation Front, among many other movements, showed America just how diverse it actually was and still is. Even more interesting is the American bourgeoisie’s re-assimilation of these varied and highly personal forms of identity. This paper, written for Professors Reed’s and Schneiderman’s course in “The American Avant-Garde,” is an attempt both to examine the natures of various gay identities that appeared in American arts and culture during the sixties and seventies and to trace the mechanism by which current forms of identity have arisen out of them. (Note: this essay was first published in the Fall 2004 issue of queer., a journal of queer studies featuring the work of undergraduates from colleges across America. queer. is published by Harvard University.)

Faculty Advisor

Davis Schneiderman and Christopher Reed



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