This new edition identifies and classifies over 4500 monographs and serials in the University of Chicago Library collections that deal primarily with gay and lesbian themes, or some 1700 entries more than the 1998 edition. This 60% increase in citations in four years reflects the vigor of research and publication that continues to characterize gay and lesbian studies.
Sexuality is a very extensive subject, of which sexual orientation and homosexuality are only parts. Much of the most important literature on homosexuality is included in works that are part of this more general literature of sexuality, which this Guide does not seek to describe. Hence the reader will not find herein foundation works of sexology by Sigmund Freud, Havelock Ellis, Iwan Bloch, August Forel or Bronislaw Malinkowski, nor major works of the history of sex and sexuality by authors such as Foucault, Gay, or Jacquart and Thomasset. For guidance to this extensive and important literature, readers are referred to Studies in Human Sexuality: A Selected Guide, ed. Suzanne Frayser and Thomas Whitby, 2nd edition, Englewood, Colorado, 1995 (Z164.S42 RR2). This work provides substantial abstracts to over a thousand works in every aspect of sexuality. In addition, the signed articles in Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia, edited by Vern L. Bullough and Bonnie Bullough, New York, Garland, 1994 (HQ9.H8460 1994 RR2) provide short helpful bibliographies, and for an international and comparative perspective on sexuality, readers may want to consult the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, ed. Robert T. Francoeur, New York, Continuum, 1997-2001 (HQ21.I68 1997; also available online at http://proxy.uchicago.edu/login?url=http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/IES/INDEX.HTM). We also encourage readers to search the Library's catalogs under such headings as Sex Role, Sexual Behavior, Sex in Literature, Sex Customs, Sex and Law, and so forth, each of them having multiple subdivisions by place and aspect.
Because of its impact on gay males since the 1980's, AIDS has been a very major theme in writing about the gay and lesbian experience. Nevertheless, we excluded from this Guide general literature on AIDS; only works that specifically deal with AIDS and the gay and lesbian communities have been included. The reader wishing to pursue the broader literature, which indeed includes a great deal of relevant material for gay and lesbian studies, should consult the Library's catalogs under the heading AIDS (Disease) and its numerous subheadings.
Although this Guide identifies pertinent periodical and serial runs, it does not list specific articles appearing in journals or newspapers. To locate these, as well as dissertations, reports given at conferences, contributions in books, and so forth, one should search standard electronic abstracting and indexing tools. The primary bibliographic source for Gay and Lesbian Studies is Sexual Diversity Studies: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Abstracts. It provides a review of popular as well as scholarly print, electronic, and internet publications of the GLBT press and indexes a variety of materials including non-fiction, reviews, and essays – excluding only fiction and erotica – from over 1,800 periodicals. In addition, several similar indexing tools in other disciplines, such as History, Literature, Sociology, and more, also yield significant results. These are Historical Abstracts, America: History and Life, and others for history; the MLA for literature; Sociological Abstracts for the literature of sociology and related disciplines, and PsycInfo for the literature of psychology and related fields. There are similar tools for the literature of education, economics, anthropology, and many other fields, and very large databases for law and medicine. In addition the Library provides access to more broadly comprehensive indexing tools for news sources and for the literatures of the sciences, social sciences and humanities. For more information consult the Library's web pages, including the subject page for gay and lesbian studies at http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/lgbt or a reference librarian.
Several specialized bibliographies and guides can also assist the researcher in identifying articles of significance for gay and lesbian studies. They are listed in parts 2 and 3 below. Some are retrospective and cover literature published prior to the period covered by the various electronic databases above. Others contain highly specialized materials, including titles not covered by broad-based abstracting and indexing services, even quite obscure periodicals.
While there are sections below that include biographical collections, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs of gay and lesbian individuals, there has been no general attempt to identify all works in the library about or by gay or lesbian individuals. We advise the reader seeking biographies of, and literary works by, gay and lesbian individuals to consult the Library's catalogs under the names of particular individuals. Those seeking a listing or catalog of gay and lesbian individuals we refer to section 1 below, where we identify several dictionaries, encyclopedias, and almanacs that have lists of entries on gay and lesbian individuals.
The last major section of this Guide is a Literature Appendix, which lists literary works with gay or lesbian themes.
The index at the end of this Guide includes entries for subjects, authors, and titles. Each chapter of the Guide is also searchable on a word-by-word basis using the typical browser's search function.
It is a pleasure for us to acknowledge the assistance of many of our library colleagues in preparing this Guide. To them we extend our thanks.
12 October 2002
Social Sciences Bibliographer
Bibliographer for English and Romance Literatures
Sem C. Sutter
for Humanities and Social Sciences
Links below lead to a table of contents with a detailed listing for each section. Or see the Detailed Table of Contents.