Janes, D (2023) ‘Queer nostalgia, youth and conformism in the postwar London diaries of George Lucas’. History Workshop Journal. ISSN 1363-3554 (In Press)

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The minutely documented diaries of an ‘everyman’ such as George Lucas enable us to view the complex pleasures and challenging realities of the postwar queer quotidian in remarkable detail. A sample of the years after 1957, when Lucas was aged in his thirties, suggests that more attention needs to be paid to age-differential relationships and to the problematic aspects of the sexual idolisation of young men. Lucas’s respectably boring career and Catholic faith can, however, be understood as having provided the stability on which his emotional survival depended. Other such unglamorous queer lives can now be viewed with greater empathy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this article and all relevant information related to it, including copyrights, can be found on the publisher website upon publication.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2023 09:17
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2023 09:17
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/12060

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