Phallos: Enhanced and Revised Edition

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Wesleyan University Press, Apr 1, 2013 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Phallos is a 2004 novel by the acclaimed novelist and critic Samuel R. Delany. Taking the form of a gay pornographic novella, with the explicit sex omitted, Phallos is set during the reign of the second-century Roman emperor Hadrian, and circles around the historical account of the murder of the emperor’s favorite, Antinous. The story moves from Syracuse to Egypt, from the Pillars of Hercules to Rome, from Athens to Byzantium, and back. Young Neoptolomus searches after the stolen phallus of the nameless god of Hermopolis, crafted of gold and encrusted with jewels, within which are reputedly the ancient secrets of science and society that will lead to power, knowledge, and wealth. Vivid and clever, the original novella has been expanded by nearly a third. Appended to the text are an afterword by Robert F. Reid-Pharr and three astute speculative essays by Steven Shaviro, Kenneth R. James, and Darieck Scott.
 

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The beginning of this book almost made me hate it. I hate the title-less genre 'fiction disguised as essay'. It plain and simple bores me to death. It did so in House of Leaves, where I spent most of ... Read full review

Contents

Critical Essays
125
Afterword by Robert F ReidPharr
127
Radical Reading In and Around Phallos by Kenneth R James
135
Delanys Philosophical Fable by Steven Shaviro
159
Sex Fantasy and Phallos by Darieck Scott
173
About the Author and Contributors
189
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SAMUEL R. DELANY teaches English and creative writing at Temple University and is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, most recently his novel Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. ROBERT F. REID-PHARR is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author of Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual.

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