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My Desire for HistoryEssays in Gay, Community, and Labor History$
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Allan Berube, John D'Emilio, and Estelle B. Freedman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834794

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877982_berube

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Intellectual Desire

Intellectual Desire

(p.161) Chapter 10 Intellectual Desire
My Desire for History

Allan Bérubé

University of North Carolina Press

This essay presents Berube's keynote address at the first queer studies conference in Quebec. Using class, ethnicity, and race as lenses through which to understand not only his own life but, in some ways, the broader contours of gay experience, Berube argues that gay as a social category can never stand alone. “Class and racialized ethnic histories,” he asserts, “shape our languages, our sexual desires and relationships, our psychologies, our writings, and our intellectualities.” Berube writes honestly and feelingly about the “sentimental nostalgia” that pulls him to study the past as a way to restore an emotional wholeness to life.

Keywords:   Berube, queer studies conference, gay experience, racialized ethnic histories, sentimental nostalgia, emotional wholeness

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