Steven Maynard

Photo by Ed Jackson from Queer Sites Conference, University of Toronto, 1993

Back: Don McLeod, Rob Champagne, Steven Maynard
Middle: Jonathan Katz, Alan V. Miller, Roger Spalding
Front: David Churchill (Queer Sites Conference, Toronto, 1993)

Steven Maynard is a Canadian social historian, specializing in the history of sexuality. His work has appeared in the Canadian Historical Review, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, Radical History Review, Labour/Le Travail, Journal of Canadian Studies, and the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. Steven is finishing a book, Infamous Men: Homosexuality and the Police in Urban Ontario, 1890-1940 and is working on an edited collection, Sodom North: Explorations in Canadian Lesbian/Gay History(University of Toronto Press).”Steven Maynard teaches history at Queen’s University, in Kingston. (See his entry under Adjuncts.) He is also co-chair (with Patrizia Gentile) of the Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality.

Maynard, Steven. “Lust in the lavatory.”  Xtra. 722(Jun 28, 2012): ?

Second part of series on Toronto.

Maynard, Steven. “Cruising Toronto’s past.” Xtra. 721(Jun 14, 2012): ?

First installment of a three-part series on Toronto gay history: “The series looks at how and why men searched for sex in the city’s public places, as well as at men’s inevitable clashes with the police. Each installment explores a different urban space: parks, lavatories and laneways.”

Maynard, Steven. “Cruising on Rideau St.” Xtra. (Ottawa) 243(May10, 2012): ?

Several early 1900s court cases of Ottawa arrests.

Maynard, Steven. “Back streets and boarding houses.” Xtra. (Ottawa)  242(Apr 12, 2012): ?

Maynard, Steven. “Naked civil servants.” Xtra. (Ottawa) 241(Mar 15, 2012): ?

“Most of the men during this period did not adopt a gay or homosexual identity. Those identities would become popular only later in the century, and we should avoid projecting onto men in the past our present-day categories and labels.”

Maynard, Steven. “Review.” The Slasher Killings: A Canadian Sex-Crime Panic, 1945–-1946 by Patrick Brode. Canadian Historical Review. 91(3)(September 2010): 591-593.

Maynard, Steven. “Police/Archives.” Archivaria (Special Section on Queer Archives). 68 (Winter 2010): 159-182.

Maynard, Steven. “Book reviews.” Review of Karen Krahulik, Provincetown: From Pilgrim Landing to Gay Resort. Journal of American History. 93(1)(June 2006): 299-300.


Maynard, Steven. “Book reviews.” Histoire sociale – Social History. 75 (May 2005) : 183-184. HN1 .H57

Review of Donald W. McLeod. A Brief History of GAY, Canada’s First Gay Tabloid, 1964-1966. Toronto: Homewood Books, 2003. HQ76.95.C3 M35 2003

Maynard, Steven. “‘Hell witches in Toronto’: notes on lesbian visibility in early-twentieth-century Canada.” Left History. 9(2) (Spring/Summer 2004): 191-205.

Left History issue table of contents

Maynard, Steven. “‘Without working?’: Capitalism, urban culture, and gay history.” Journal of Urban History. 30 (March 2004): 378-398.

Maynard, Steven. “Lowertown kind of love: homo sex in early 20th century Ottawa.” Capital Xtra. 107 (July 2002): 14-15.

Maynard, Steven. “The Maple Leaf (Gardens) forever: sex, Canadian historians and national history.” Journal of Canadian Studies. 36(2) (Summer 2001): 70-105. FC1 .J68

Maynard, Steven. “‘Review of Gendered Pasts: Historical Essays in Femininity and Masculinity in Canada.” Canadian Historical Review. 81(2) (June 2000): 317-318. FC1 .C355

Maynard, Steven. “‘Respect your elders, know your past’: history and the queer theorists”. Radical History Review. 75 (Fall 1999): 56-78.

Maynard, Steven. “On the case of the case: the emergence of the homosexual as a case history in early-twentieth-century Ontario.” In On the Case: Explorations in Social History edited by Franca Iacovetta and Wendy Mitchinson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.

Maynard, Steven. “Queer musings on masculinity and history.” Labour / Le Travail. 42 (Fall 1998): 183-197. HD8101 .L22

Maynard, Steven. “‘Horrible temptations’: sex, men, and working-class male youth in urban Ontario, 1890-1935.” Canadian Historical Review. 78 (June 1997): 191-235. FC1 .C355

Maynard, Steven. “‘Review of Barrack Buddies and Soldier Lovers: Dialogues with Gay Young Men in the U.S. Military.” Canadian Journal of Law and Society. 10(1) (June 1995): 239-241. K3 .A63

Maynard, Steven. “Through a hole in the lavatory wall: homosexual subcultures, police surveillance, and the dialectics of discovery, Toronto, 1890-1930.” p.165-184. In Gender and History in Canadaedited by Joy Parr and Mark Rosenfeld. Toronto : Copp Clark Ltd., 1996. HQ1075.5.C2 G455 1996
(Abridged from the Journal of the History of Sexuality, 1994, HQ12.A1 J66)

Maynard, Steven. “Sex, court records, and labour history.” Labour / Le Travail. 33 (Spring 1994): 187-193. HD8101 .L22 (On Crown attorney case files)

Maynard, Steven. “Through a hole in the lavatory wall: homosexual subcultures, police surveillance, and the dialectics of discovery, Toronto, 1890-1930.” Journal of the History of Sexuality. 5(2) (October 1994): 207-242. HQ12.A1 J66

Maynard, Steven. “In search of ‘Sodom North’: the writing of lesbian and gay history in English Canada, 1970-1990.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. 21 (Spring 1994): 117-132.

Maynard, Steven. “Mixed messages: lesbians, gay men, and the yellow press in Quebec and Ontario during the 1950s-1960s: introduction.” p.421-438. In The Challenge of Modernity: A Reader on Post-Confederation Canada edited by Ian McKay. Toronto : McGraw-Hill Ryerson, c1992. FC85 .C53 1992

Includes reprints of articles by Ross Higgins and Line Chamberland, as well as an interview of Jim Egan by Robert Champagne.

Maynard, Steven. “”The burning, wilful evidence’: lesbian/gay history and archival research.” Archivaria. 33 (Winter 1991-92): 195-301

Steven goes over some Canadian archival sources and problems doing lesbian/gay historical research.

Maynard, Steven. “When queer is not enough: identity and politics in Queer Nation.” Fuse Magazine. 15(1/2) (Fall 1991): 14-18. NX513 .A1F88

On the early 1990s group Queer Nation Toronto.

Maynard, Steven. “Reviewing our pasts: recent work in lesbian and gay history.” Rites (Toronto). 8(4) (September/October 1991): 3.

Maynard, Steven. “‘Reviews: Passion and Power edited by Kathy Peiss and Christina Simmons.” Labour / Le Travail. 27 (Spring 1991): 320-322. HD8101 .L22

Maynard, Steven. “The man that I am.” Canadian Dimension. 24(7) (October 1990): 47-48. AP5 .C26

Review of Male Order: Unwrapping Masculinity edited by Rowena Chapman and Jonathan Rutherford, 1988.

Maynard, Steven. “Rough work and rugged men: the social construction of masculinity in working-class history.” Labour / Le Travail. 23 (Spring 1989): 159-169. HD8101 .L22

Maynard, Steven. “Reviews: Gary Kinsman’s The Regulation of Desire, 1987.” Labour / Le Travail. 23 (Spring 1989): 319-321. HD8101 .L22


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