Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940


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University of North Carolina Press
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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.1 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Julio Capo Jr. is associate professor of history at Florida International University.


For any history buff, Capo's book is truly a gem that sheds a lot of light on an era in [Florida] that gets little notoriety outside of the gay media circuit.--South Florida Gay News

Grapples with important questions such as under what historical circumstances norms get shaped, bifurcated, and become hegemonic. Capo Jr.'s work is an extraordinary contribution that offers innovative ways for understanding the role of gender and sexuality in shaping the social, cultural, and urban landscape of Miami.--Black Perspectives

Welcome to Fairyland eschews the earlier scholarly impulse in lesbian and gay studies to produce histories of same-sex desire and community-building without grappling with how gender, race, and class inequities structured differential access to spaces of leisure and transgression where those formations might have emerged.--Los Angeles Review of Books

Demonstrates the centrality of queer and transnational analysis to understanding the 'instant city' of Miami and provides an important model for future scholarship in queer, urban, and southern histories.--Journal of Southern History

One of the most innovative and important recent works in LGBT history. Capo has uncovered astonishing finds that recover the remarkable past of a city that too many people believe has no history to speak of.--Gay & Lesbian Review

This engaging and densely researched book stretches the very idea of what queer history can be. . . . A wide-reaching and provocative volume that makes clear how the histories of sexuality and gender are interwoven with and informed by the histories of race, class, and empire." --Canadian Journal of History