Nocturnal Bohemia

  • Timothy Eugene Murphy


The chapter opens the second part of the book by presenting Teresina’s nocturnal bohemia. Unlike bohemia that are associated with particular neighborhoods, nocturnal bohemia takes place at night in changing locations and is forged around a shared affinity for novel aesthetics and a sense of be-longing to distant worlds. Through an examination of bohemians’ shared ethos of queerness around identity and community (e.g., fluidity, flexibility, and openness), the chapter focuses on what happens when outsiders with a fascination and appreciation for unconventional ways of life claim a place for themselves in a city like Teresina. The chapter sheds light on this alternative community’s unique orientation to the city and argues that queerness offers a way to conceptualize its cosmopolitan be-longing within the world at large.


Bohemia Queerness Cosmopolitanism Belonging 


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  • Timothy Eugene Murphy
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  1. 1.Worcester State UniversityWorcesterUSA

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