A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition

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Yale University Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 456 pages
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This important book is the first full-scale account of male gay literature across cultures, languages, and centuries. A work of reference as well as the definitive history of a tradition, it traces writing by and about homosexual men from ancient Greece and Rome to the twentieth-century gay literary explosion."Woods' own artistry is evident throughout this elegant and startling book. ... These finely honed gay readings of selected Western (and some Eastern) literary texts richly reward the careful attention they demand.... Though grounded in the particulars of gay male identity, this masterpiece of literary (and social) criticism calls across the divides of sex and sexual orientation." -- Kirkus Reviews (a starred review)
  

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Gregory Woods is the Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Nottingham Trent University. In A History of Gay Literature, he does not so much as constitute an alternative literary tradition as show ... Read full review

Contents

The Making of the Gay Tradition
1
The Greek Classics
17
The Roman Classics
32
The Christian Middle Ages
41
The Orient
53
The European Renaissance
68
Christopher Marlowe
84
William Shakespeare
93
The Tragic Sense of Life
217
Fantastic Realism
226
Towards the Popular
237
The Pink Triangle
247
The PostWar StartingPoint
257
European Poetry on the Left
267
The Homosexual in Society
289
Black African Poetry
302

The Pastoral Elegists
108
From Libertinism to the Gothic
124
New Bearings in the Novel
136
The American Renaissance
151
Muscular Aestheticism
167
Spirit Versus Physique
181
Marcel Proust
192
Homosexual Men by Women
201
The Harlem Renaissance
209
Boys and Boyhood
321
The Age of Antibiotics
336
The AIDS Epidemic
359
Poetry and Paradox
375
Notes
390
Bibliography
421
Illustration Credits
446
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Woods is reader in lesbian & gay studies at the Nottingham Trent University

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