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Picturing Same-Sex Marriage in the Antebellum United States: The Union of 'Two Most Excellent Men' in Longstreet's 'A Sage Conversation'


Timothy Stewart-Winter


Yale University

Simon Stern


University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

May 13, 2010

Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 197-222, May 2010

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Augustus Baldwin Longstreet’s short story “A Sage Conversation” appears, at first glance, to be an astonishingly modern tale. It assembles an elaborate social tableau that has at its center “George Scott and David Snow; two most excellent men, who became so much attached to each other that they actually got married” and “raised a lovely parcel of children.” The story appeared in Longstreet’s 1835 collection Georgia Scenes, Characters, Incidents &c. in the First Half Century of the Republic, an early contribution to the tradition of American humor. This collection was reprinted more than twenty times before the end of the century, and has been an object of ongoing fascination for literary critics. However, critics have overlooked the question of how to situate “A Sage Conversation” in relation to the history of sexuality. We interpret “A Sage Conversation” as an artifact of a profoundly different moment from our own in the long, intersecting histories of marriage and sexuality in the United States. To that end, we contextualize the story, from a literary perspective, in relation to the traditions of the tall tale and the narrative of domestic life, and from a social and legal perspective, in relation to nineteenth-century American thought about same-sex sexuality, gender roles, and restrictions on marriage.

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Stewart-Winter, Timothy and Stern, Simon, Picturing Same-Sex Marriage in the Antebellum United States: The Union of 'Two Most Excellent Men' in Longstreet's 'A Sage Conversation' (May 13, 2010). Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 197-222, May 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1606893

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Timothy Stewart-Winter
Yale University ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
Simon Stern (Contact Author)
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )
78 and 84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5
Canada
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.utoronto.ca/faculty-staff/full-time-faculty/simon-stern

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