The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature: Readings from Western Antiquity to the Present Day

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Columbia University Press, 1998 - Social Science - 829 pages
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In the three decades since New York City's Stonewall rebellion, gay literature has exploded as a distinctive form of cultural expression. In a variety of styles and genres, gay men have increasingly begun to articulate their sexual identities. At the same time, gay writers and scholars have begun in earnest the search for a literary history long denied by the refusal to recognize homosexual love as an integral part of Western literature. Yet to date, no single volume has brought together the full range of poetry, fiction, essays, and autobiography that portray love between men.

From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the poems of Allen Ginsberg and gay literature of the 1980s and '90s, The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature draws together hundreds of texts from Western literary history that describe experiences of love, friendship, intimacy, desire, and sex among men. While other anthologies have focused primarily on poetry, drama, or fiction, this volume is the first to include a full range of genres. Spanning more than two millennia, from ancient Mesopotamia to the late twentieth century, this anthology brings together the best-known texts of gay male writing such as the poetry of Martial and Walt Whitman, and excerpts from E. M. Forster's Maurice, as well as from lesser known works such as nineteenth-century English homoerotic poetry and selections from two early American novels of homosexual love-Joseph and His Friend and Imre.

In The Columbia Anthology readers become acquainted with the early bonds of male companionship found in Homer's writings on Zeus and Ganymede, and with the homoerotic poetry of Catullus and Juvenal. From Shakespeare's Sonnets to the philosophy of de Sade, to the political writings of Edmund White, this masterful anthology traces a multifaceted tradition.

Arranged chronologically, sections are supplemented by illuminating introductory essays; many individual pieces include background commentary on the writer and the work.

As a landmark to the enduring spirit of gay writers, this collection is an essential addition to the library of anyone searching for the historical foundations of gay identities. With its excellent annotations and suggestions for further reading, The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature will also serve as an invaluable resource to students and scholars in need of a guide to a massive body of literature that has long been hidden, ignored, or misrepresented.

 

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Superbly conceived and edited, this anthology functions as a source companion to Gregory Woods's brilliant History of Gay Literature (LJ 4/1/98). Though its obvious use might be as a textbook, Fone's ... Read full review

Contents

CREEK LITERATURE
15
Inventing Paiderastia
25
Greek Homoerotic Poetry
37
LOVE POEMS AND SATIRE
61
Juvenal 55140 C E
83
Inventing Sodom
89
SCRIPTURE AND LAW FROM THE SODOM STORY
95
GOD MADE OUR NATURES FULL OF LOVF
103
John Francis Bloxam 18731928
322
Havelock Ellis and John Addington Symonds
328
SOCIETY OSCAR WILDE AND THE LAW
335
ENGLISH LITERATURE 18961969
345
EUROPEAN WRITING 18701969
401
GERMANY 18991939
440
RUSSIAN LITERATURE 18361922
457
ALEXANDRIAN SONGS
469

Platonic Dialogues
125
AMOR SOCRATICUS
131
ENGLISH HOMOEROTIC LITERATURE
157
Michael Drayton 15631631
163
SATIRIZING SODOMITES
197
RESISTING HOMOPHOBIA
214
EIGHTEENTHCENTURY
238
GERMAN LITERATURE 18201869
244
ROMANTIC FRIENDSHIP AND HOMOSEXUALITY IN NINETEENTH
265
Desiderato
275
IMAGINING HOMOSEXUALS
302
Edward Carpenter 18441929
308
Teleny 1893
314
SPANISH LITERATURE
475
LATIN AMERICAN AND CUBAN LITERATURE
486
SERENE FRIENDSHIP LAND
525
ARMIES OF ANDROGYNES
611
OUT OF THE SHADOW WORLD
669
I Am a Most Fleshly Man
686
BECOMING GAY
729
Celebrations
743
Politics
775
Jim Everhard b 1946
787
Grieving
795
Copyright Acknowledgments
819
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About the author (1998)

BYRNE R. S. FONE is professor of English literature at the City College of New York. He is the editor of Hidden Heritage: History and the Gay Imagination, and author of Masculine Landscapes: Walt Whitman and the Homoerotic Text; A Road to Stonewall: Homosexuality and Homophobia in English and American Literature; and Homophobia: A History, which will appear later this year. He is the author of the novel American Lives, his short stories have appeared in the James White Review, and he is now at work on a new novel.

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