One of the cofounders of GLQ reflects on the origins of the journal, its initial goals, its successes and failures in achieving them, and their continued relevance to queer studies today. GLQ sought to tread a line between the need to achieve academic legitimation for queer studies and the desire to prevent that field from settling into an academic discipline, to keep it perpetually off-balance, to preserve its relation to queer sex, and to foster the kinds of diversity that escape most standard definitions of diversity. Those ideals and values remain as important now for a journal of LGBTQ studies as they were when GLQ was founded.
The Fulfilled and Unfulfilled Promises Of GLQ
David M. Halperin is the W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan, where he is also a professor of English and women’s studies. He is the author or editor of ten books, including One Hundred Years of Homosexuality (Routledge, 1990), The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (Routledge, 1993), Saint Foucault (Oxford University Press, 1995), What Do Gay Men Want? (University of Michigan Press, 2007, 2009), Gay Shame (University of Chicago Press, 2009), How to Be Gay (Belknap/ Harvard University Press, 2012), and The War on Sex (Duke University Press, 2017). He cofounded GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, which he coedited from 1991 to 2005.
David M. Halperin; The Fulfilled and Unfulfilled Promises Of GLQ. GLQ 1 January 2019; 25 (1): 7–10. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-7275180
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