“There was something very peculiar about Doc…”: Deciphering Queer Intimacy in Representations of Doc Holliday

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620617
Title:
“There was something very peculiar about Doc…”: Deciphering Queer Intimacy in Representations of Doc Holliday
Authors:
Tankard, Alex
Abstract:
This essay discusses representations of male intimacy in life-writing about consumptive gunfighter John Henry “Doc” Holliday (1851-1887). I argue that twentieth-century commentators rarely appreciated the historical specificity of Holliday’s friendships in a frontier culture that not only normalized but actively celebrated same-sex intimacy. Indeed, Holliday lived on the frayed edges of known nineteenth-century socio-sexual norms, and his interactions with other men were further complicated by his vicious reputation and his disability. His short life and eventful afterlife exposes the gaps in available evidence – and the flaws in our ability to interpret it. Yet something may still be gleaned from the early newspaper accounts of Holliday. Having argued that there is insufficient evidence to justify positioning him within modern categories of hetero/homosexuality, I analyze the language used in pre-1900 descriptions of first-hand encounters with Holliday to illuminate the consumptive gunfighter’s experience of intimacy, if not its meaning.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Tankard, A. (2014).“There was something very peculiar about Doc…”: Deciphering Queer Intimacy in Representations of Doc Holliday. American Nineteenth-Century History.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
American Nineteenth-Century History
Publication Date:
8-Dec-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620617
DOI:
10.1080/14664658.2014.971481
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14664658.2014.971481
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in American Nineteenth-Century History on 8-12-14, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14664658.2014.971481
ISSN:
1466-4658
EISSN:
1743-7903
Appears in Collections:
English

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dc.contributor.authorTankard, Alexen
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dc.date.issued2014-12-08-
dc.identifier.citationTankard, A. (2014).“There was something very peculiar about Doc…”: Deciphering Queer Intimacy in Representations of Doc Holliday. American Nineteenth-Century History.en
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dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in American Nineteenth-Century History on 8-12-14, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14664658.2014.971481en
dc.description.abstractThis essay discusses representations of male intimacy in life-writing about consumptive gunfighter John Henry “Doc” Holliday (1851-1887). I argue that twentieth-century commentators rarely appreciated the historical specificity of Holliday’s friendships in a frontier culture that not only normalized but actively celebrated same-sex intimacy. Indeed, Holliday lived on the frayed edges of known nineteenth-century socio-sexual norms, and his interactions with other men were further complicated by his vicious reputation and his disability. His short life and eventful afterlife exposes the gaps in available evidence – and the flaws in our ability to interpret it. Yet something may still be gleaned from the early newspaper accounts of Holliday. Having argued that there is insufficient evidence to justify positioning him within modern categories of hetero/homosexuality, I analyze the language used in pre-1900 descriptions of first-hand encounters with Holliday to illuminate the consumptive gunfighter’s experience of intimacy, if not its meaning.en
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dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14664658.2014.971481en
dc.subjecthistory of disabilityen
dc.subjectqueer studiesen
dc.title“There was something very peculiar about Doc…”: Deciphering Queer Intimacy in Representations of Doc Hollidayen
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