New queer histories: Laura Doan's Disturbing Practices and the Constance Maynard Archive

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This review of Laura Doan's most recent work, Disturbing Practices: history, sexuality, and women's experience of modern war (2013) considers how this text might inform future readings of the Constance Maynard Archive. The work outlines a new methodological approach—'queer critical history'—to the history of sexuality. Carefully attuned to the overlapping taxonomical, linguistic, legal, medical and cultural agendas that contribute to the formation of sexual identities, this methodology allows the historian to reflect upon what remains unknowable about the sexual lives of the past, and to think more usefully about archival inconsistencies and silences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalWomen's History Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2015


  • Laura Doan
  • Constance Maynard Archive
  • queer critical history

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