Displacing Homophobia: Gay Male Perspectives in Literature and Culture
Duke University Press, 1989 - Social Science - 313 pages
The editors have gathered essays that not only make a major contribution to the effort to replace homophobic discourse, but also speak persuasively to all readers interested in literature or literary history, contemporary theory, and popular culture.
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Page 172 - As defined by the ancient civil or canonical codes, sodomy was a category of forbidden acts; their perpetrator was nothing more than the juridical subject of them. The nineteenth-century homosexual became a personage, a past, a case history, and a childhood, in addition to being a type of life, a life form, and a morphology, with an indiscreet anatomy and possibly a mysterious physiology.
Page 189 - Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable Crime of Buggery, committed either with Mankind or with any Animal, shall be liable, at the Discretion of the Court, to be kept in Penal Servitude for Life or for any Term not less than Ten Years.
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Page 161 - I'm trying to catch the true quality of experience in a group of people, that cloudy, flickering, evanescent — fiercely charged! — interplay of five human beings in the thundercloud of a common crisis. Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play...
Page 24 - To this effect, Achilles, have I moved you : A woman impudent and mannish grown Is not more loathed than an effeminate man In time of action. I stand...
Page 23 - Musseus sung,) Dwelt at Abydos; since him dwelt there none For whom succeeding times make greater moan. His dangling tresses, that were never shorn, Had they been cut, and unto Colchos borne, Would have allured the venturous youth of Greece To hazard more than for the golden fleece.