Activist emotions

Gay radicalism and melancholic attachments

Robert Reynolds*

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Abstract

It has been argued recently that Australian historians have overlooked histories of emotion. In this article, through the life-history analysis of two long-standing Sydney gay activists, I trace the emotional currents of radical gay activism and suggest these histories point to a wider story of Left melancholy in the closing decades of the twentieth century. I argue that their melancholia is not a trauma-like despair but surprisingly is tinged with a sustaining hope.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-301
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Historical Studies
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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