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If Memory ServesGay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past$
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Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676101

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676101.001.0001

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For Time Immemorial

For Time Immemorial

Marking Time in the Built Environment

(p.73) 2. For Time Immemorial
If Memory Serves

Christopher Castiglia

Christopher Reed

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter looks at how Pierre Nora’s lieux de mémoire (places of memory) emphasized the need to revive queer identity, queer cultural collectivity, and marked environments during the post-AIDS onslaught. Queer spaces were initially identified as areas that are not built, only implied, and usually invisible. However, this issue somehow gained attention after the commissioning of two prominent lieux de mémoire: the Gay Liberation monument in New York and the Homomonument in Amsterdam. The chapter also examines Charles Jencks’“Gay Eclectic” style of house architecture, gay neighborhoods, and gay culture iconizing the character of Dorothy in the film The Wizard of Oz.

Keywords:   Pierre Nora, lieux de mémoire, queer spaces, Gay Liberation, Homomonument, New York, Amsterdam, Gay Eclectic, Queer Space, The Wizard of Oz

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