Elise Chenier

Elise Chenier formerly taught in the Women’s Studies Program, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. She has moved to the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. Her research subjects include butch-femme bar culture of Toronto during the 1950s and 1960s, the history of criminal sexual psychopathology, and sex in male prisons.Elise is also an SDS Fellow of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

Chenier, Elise. “Hidden from historians: preserving lesbian oral history in Canada.” Archivaria (Special Section on Queer Archives). 68 (Winter 2010): 247-269.

Cover of book Strangers in Our Midst, 2008


Chenier, Elise. Strangers in Our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Post-war Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008. HV6593.C3 C44 2008

Publisher’s Synopsis

“Popular discourses regarding sexual deviancy, legislative action against sex criminals, and the implementation of treatment programs for sex offenders have been widely attributed to a reactionary, conservative moral panic over changing sex and gender roles after the Second World War. Elise Chenier challenges this assumption, arguing that, in Canada, advocates of sex offender treatment were actually liberal progressives.”– Publisher’s website

Chenier, Elise. “Book review.” Disorders of Desire: Sex and Gender in Modern American Sexology (Revised and expanded form) by Janice M. Irvine. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 37(2) (April 2008): 356-358.

Chenier, Elise. “Rethinking class in lesbian bar culture: living ‘The Gay Life’ in Toronto, 1955-1965.” In Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History. 5th ed. Edited by Mona Gleason and Adele Perry. Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, 2006. (Reprinted from Left History)

Chenier, Elise. “Rethinking class in lesbian bar culture: living ‘The Gay Life’ in Toronto, 1955-1965.” Left History. 9(2) (Spring/Summer 2004): 85-118.

Left History issue table of contents

Chenier, Elise. “Review: A Brief History of GAY, Canada’s First Gay Tabloid, 1964-1966 by Donald W. McLeod.” Ontario History. 96(1) (Spring 2004): 87-89. FC3051 .O58

Chenier, Elise. “Aversion therapy.” Chicago: glbtq, Inc., [2004]. Site: www.glbtq.com [viewed February 8, 2008]

Chenier, Elise. “Segregating sexualities: the prison ‘sex problem’ in twentieth century Canada and the United States.” p.71-85. In Isolation: Places and Practices of Exclusion. Edited by Carolyn Strange and Alison Bashford. London: Routledge, 2003. HM1131 .I86 2003

Chenier, Elise. “The criminal sexual psychopath in Canada: sex, psychiatry and the law at mid-century.” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. 20(1) (2003): 75-101.

Chenier, Elise. “Book review.” An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society by Jennifer Terry. Canadian Journal of History. 36(2) (August 2001):391-393.

Chenier, Elise. “The Stranger in Our Midst: Male Sexual Deviancy in Post World War Two Ontario.” PhD dissertation, Queen’s University, 2001.

Chenier, Elise. “Tabloid taboos.” Xtra!  (Toronto), May 17, 2001. (On lesbian history of Toronto in the 1950s)

[Viewed Sep. 2006]

Chenier, Elise. “Seeing red: immigrant women and sexual danger in Toronto’s postwar daily newspapers.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal. 24(2) (2000): 51-60. HQ1180 .A1A85

Chenier, Elise. “‘I’ll be waiting for you’.” Xtra!  (Toronto) 420 (November 20, 2000): 18. (On l/g history using prison letters housed in the Kinsey Institute)

Chenier, Elise. “Gender, sexuality and the schoolyard.” p.188-196. In Lesbian Parenting: Living with Pride and Prejudice. Edited by Katherine Arnup. Charlottetown, PEI: Gynergy Books, 1995. HQ75.53 .L46 1995

Chenier, Elise. “Tough Ladies and Troublemakers: Toronto’s Public Lesbian Community.” Masters thesis, Department of History, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON 1995.


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