Boone, Joseph A., Martin Dupuis,
Martin Meeker, Karin Quimby, Cindy Sarver, Debra Silverman, and Rosemary Weatherston,
eds. Queer Frontiers: Millennial Geographies, Genders, and Generations.
Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2000.
Queer Frontiers grew out of a 1995 conference hosted by the University of Southern California. At its most general level, the book deals with “the possibilities and problems presented by a newly emerging queer theory and activism” (viii). More specifically this anthology focuses on the ways in which the term “queer” shapes our present historical moment on “frontiers” that are geographic, cultural, psychic and political. While the anthology as a whole is not explicitly dedicated to dealing with cultural landscape studies, it is an important cultural landscape text for two reasons. First, from its conception, and its organization, to its title, Queer Frontiers can be seen as a project that maps the landscape of queer theory and activism, and that analyzes the relationships between different authors’ understandings of “queer frontier.” Second, and perhaps more importantly, the anthology’s part two, “Urban Frontiers: Queer Space and Place,” does look specifically at issues of interest to cultural landscape scholars doing work gay male and lesbian sites. The essays in part two include Richard C. Cante’s work on Video Bars, Karin Quimby and Walter L. Williams’ essay on Los Angeles in the 1950’s, Yolanda Retter’s essay on lesbian activism in Los Angeles from 1970-1979, and Ira Tattelman’s work on the Saint Marks Baths in New York City. The two essays by Quimby and Williams and Tattelman, respectively, are particularly interesting because of the photographs, illustrations, and other visuals that they include. [J. Sapinoso]