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Disturbing PracticesHistory, Sexuality, and Women’s Experience of Modern War$
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Laura Doan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226001586

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226001753.001.0001

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(p.195) Epilogue
Disturbing Practices

Laura Doan

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents some final thoughts. This book has shown that queer expressions of an overwhelming desire to feel historical manifest the unmistakable affective registers of a mode of historicizing that induces the pleasures (and invokes the disruptive force) of nostalgia and fosters pride in the rituals and habits of collective remembrance of good times and bad. The challenge to all scholars engaged in genealogical work is to determine and assess the efficacy of individual practices vis-à-vis the purpose of historicizing and, for queer genealogists specifically, to ascertain if the demands made of history can be fully met by the pathways currently traversed—paths that so-called mainstream history sometimes regards, to a greater or lesser extent, with unease or assigns marginal status.

Keywords:   queer genealogy, queer history, historical studies, nostalgia, rituals

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