Homophobia: A History

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Macmillan, 2000 - History - 480 pages
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In this tour de force of historical and literary research, Fone, an acclaimed expert on gay and lesbian history and professor emeritus at the City University of New York, chronicles the evolution of homophobia through the centuries. Delving into literary sources as diverse as Greek philosophy, Elizabethan poetry, the Bible, and the Victorian novel, as well as historical texts and propaganda ranging from the French Revolution to the Moral Majority to the transcripts of current TV talk shows, Fone reveals how and why same-sex desire has long been the object of legal, social, religious, and political persecution.
  

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User Review  - Kathleen O'Neal - Goodreads

A fascinating and riveting treatment of the issue of homophobia directed towards men throughout the history of Western civilization. If you read only one book about gay male history, let it be this one. Read full review

Review: Homophobia: A History

User Review  - Ronald Lett - Goodreads

While it necessarily skips over some of the history, the author shares a well-supported history of the possible origins of homophobia, its connections with misogyny and sexism, and speculation as to ... Read full review

Contents

The Last Acceptable Prejudice
3
1 Homosexuality
4
2 Homophobia
5
3 History
7
BEFORE HOMOPHOBIA? Homosexuality and Homophobia in Antiquity
15
Inventing Eros
17
1 Imagining Eros
18
2 Legitimating Eros
21
4 Inventing Homophobia
224
SODOMY AND THE ENLIGHTMENT Unmasking and Punishing Sodomites 17001860
227
Societies of Sodomites
229
1 Effeminate Weaklings
231
2 Persecution in the Dutch Republic
236
3 Imagining Sodomites
242
4 A Detestable Race
249
5 A Cry for Reform
254

3 Greek Homosexuality and Homophobia
25
Against Nature
29
1 Imagining Effeminacy
30
2 Unnatural Crimes
34
3 Indicting Effeminacy
38
Making Monsters
44
1Imperial Desire
45
2 Naming Perverts
49
3 Diagnosing Deviance
54
The End of Antiquity
60
1 Affairs of the Heart
61
2 The Triumph of Charicles
69
INVENTING SODOM Sodom and Homosexual Behavior in the Old and New Testaments
73
The Sodom Story
75
2 Sodom and Homosexuality in Other Old Testament Texts
81
3 Interpreting Sodom
86
4 Sodom and Sexual Deviance
89
Gospel Sodomy
93
2 Testifying to Perversion
96
3 Paul on Punishment
97
4 Reinventing Sodom
101
A THOUSAND YEARS OF SODOMY Defining Sodomy 5001400
109
Avenging Flames
111
1 Avenging Flames
114
2 Rooting Out Depravity in the West
118
3 Repenting for Pleasure
123
4 Something Shameful
127
The Plague of Sodomy
132
1 Theorizing Sin
133
2 Criminalizing Sodomy
140
3 Identifying Sodomites
145
4 Sodomite and Heretic
148
5 The Trial of Arnald of Verniolle
155
6 Is It a Sin to Love?
159
7 The Plague of Sodomy
164
8 The Burning Question
174
LIGHTING BONFIRES Sodomy and Anxiety in the Renaissance
177
Reinventing Sodomy
179
1 Sodomy and Friendship
180
2 Sodomy and Satire
183
3 Sodomy and the Black Death
186
4 Sodomy and Religious Factionalism
187
5 Sodomy and Treason
189
A Continental Epidemic
192
1 The Italian Panic
193
2 Spanish Sodomy
200
3 A Portuguese Sodomite
204
4 Effeminacy in France
208
5 Counting Sodomites in Geneva
210
Englands Abominable Vice
215
2 Redefining Sodomy
219
3 Literary Sodomites
220
6 Risking Their Necks
258
7 The End of Sodomy?
265
VICTORIAN SECRETS Uranians Inverts Perverts and Homosexuals 18501910
269
Inverting Perversion
271
1 The Invention of Abnormality
273
2 A Flourishing Literature
277
3 Fictive Strategies
281
Modern Ethics
288
2 The Panic Terror That Prevails
297
3 Sexual Inversion
302
4 Symbolic Sodomite
306
5 Outlaws
309
NEW WORLD HOMOPHOBIA Sodomy and Persecution in America 15001900
317
Colonizing Sodom
319
2 New English Sodomy
326
The Discord Young Men Feel
333
1 Friendship and Anxiety
334
2 Sexual Comrades
337
3 Unmanly Passions
341
In Fear of Fairies
345
1 Natural Objects of Disgust
346
2 Colonies of Perverts
347
3 Policing Perverts
350
NORMAL HOMOSEXUALS Homophobia and Resistance in the Twentieth Century
353
The Riddle of Homosexuality
355
1 Oswalds Story
357
2 The Intersexes
360
3 Introducing Jennie June
362
Hit Them Hit Back
372
1 Strike
373
2 Counterstrike
375
3 Disgusting Performances
379
4 Rights and Cults
381
5 Inferior Human Beings
383
American Masculinity
385
1 Sinister Decadence
386
2 Cataloguing Sex
388
3 Gardens of Pansies
390
4 Demand Our Rights
392
A Panic Close to Madness
395
1 Narrow Sensibilities
396
2 Good Gay Poets
401
3 Drama Queens
402
4 Pride and Prejudice
405
The Last Acceptable Prejudice
409
1 Homophobia
411
2 Prancing Activists
416
3 From Tolerance to Acceptance?
419
NOTES
423
INDEX
463
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Byrne Fone, a pioneer in the teaching of gay and lesbian studies, is the author of three previous books (including A Road to Stonewall) as well as editor of The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature. Professor emeritus at the City University of New York, he lives in Hudson, New York.

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