Newark Museum Hosts Book Reading In Celebration of Newark Essex Pride

June 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

The autobiographies of eight gay Frenchmen written between 1845 and 1905 are the subject of an insightful study and reading being presented by the study authors in conjunction with Newark Essex Pride at the Newark Museum tomorrow (June 11) from 3pm to 5pm. 

 Reflecting on their childhood, adolescence, and adulthood and providing impressions of their loves and desires, the authors present a fascinating glimpse of gay life in nineteenth century France.  Dr. William Peniston, Librarian at the Newark Museum and Dr. Nancy Erber professor of linguistics and modern languages at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York translated, edited and introduced these autobiographies in their study entitled Queer Lives: Men’s Autobiographies from Nineteenth-Century France.  

"Queer Lives: Men's Autobiographies from Nineteenth-Century France" edited, translated and introduced by Dr. William Peniston, Librarian at the Newark Museum and Dr. Nancy Erber professor of linguistics and modern languages at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York.

 

The Peniston-Erber study sheds new light on the subject at a time gay men and women are seeking the roots of their communities and when scholars are trying to understand the formation of sexual identities at a crucial moment in the history of modern Europe. 

 Dr. Richard Berrong, Professor of French, Kent State University, wrote the following in the Gay and Lesbian Review

“Editors William A. Peniston and Nancy Erber do a good job of situating the original editors of these texts, the doctors who first published them, in the burgeoning and by no means monolithic thought of the era. . . . Peniston and Erber have provided a real service by making these works available to an English-speaking audience. Anyone who has ever struggled to create a personal identity out of his or her feelings and the options provided by society will be fascinated to see how these men undertook the same struggle with little information and less hard science to go on.” 

For more information visit (http://newarkessexpride.org). 

For more information about the Newark Museum visit www.newarkmuseum.org.   

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