Kunzel, Regina. The Power of Queer History.
American Historical Review. Dec2018, Vol. 123 Issue 5, p1560-1582.
From its initial engagement with questions about the emergence of sexual identity formation, community life, and social movement activism, LGBT/queer history has expanded to consider the ways in which sexual and gender nonconformity are imbricated in broad histories of power, politics, and the state. Rather than a bounded identity category, "queer" operates in some of this work as a powerful critical lens and mode of analysis, one that exposes and unsettles a range of taken-for-granted assumptions, institutions, and arrangements. This essay explores dynamic new work in the field of LGBT/queer history, most of it focused on the modern U.S. to consider historians' efforts to render sexuality a "useful category of historical analysis," illuminating the imbrication of sexuality and power across a broad range of historical narratives and fields.