Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland: Cross-Border Flows in Gay and Lesbian Magazines

Springer
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This book traces the fascinating history of the first Polish gay and lesbian magazines to explore the globalization of LGBT identities and politics in Central and Eastern Europe during the twilight years of the Cold War. It details the emergence of homosexual movement and charts cross-border flows of cultural products, identity paradigms and activism models in communist Poland. The work demonstrates that Polish homosexual activists were not locked behind the Iron Curtain, but actively participated in the transnational construction of homosexuality. Their magazines were largely influenced by Western magazines: used similar words, discussed similar topics or simply translated Western texts and reproduced Western images. However, the imported ideas were not just copied but selectively adopted as well as strategically and creatively adapted in the Polish magazines so their authors could construct their own unique identities and build their own original politics.
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About the author

Lukasz Szulc is Marie Curie Individual Fellow in the Media and Communications Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has published articles in journals such as Sexualities and contributed chapters to books such as Queer in Europe: Contemporary Case Studies (2011). He is co-editor of the book LGBTQs, Media and Culture in Europe (2017).

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Publisher
Springer
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Published on
Jul 3, 2017
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Pages
253
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ISBN
9783319589015
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / General
Political Science / Political Ideologies / General
Political Science / World / European
Social Science / Gender Studies
Social Science / Media Studies
Social Science / Sociology / General
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