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A Taste For Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire

Hiram Perez


A Taste for Brown Bodies asks what difference race makes in the emergence of gay modernity. The book examines how the romanticization of the “brown body” continues to shape modern gay sensibilities, tracing that brown body to the nostalgic imagination of gay cosmopolitanism. In so doing, the book looks in particular to the queer masculinities of three figures: the sailor, the soldier, and the cowboy, themselves proletariat cosmopolitans of sorts. All three of these figures have functioned, officially and unofficially, as cosmopolitan extensions of the US nation-state and as agents for the expa ... More

Keywords: Abu Ghraib, Annie Proulx, brown body, cosmopolitanism, cowboy, gay modernity, Herman Melville, homosexuality, sailor, soldier

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781479818655
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479818655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hiram Perez, author
Vassar College