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Myths and Mysteries of Same Sex Love Paperback – February, 1991

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Downing's book is a critical analysis of same-sex love throughout history, an attempt to discover hidden information about homosexuality. She shows that "homosexuality" is in fact an illusion, a category poorly defined by 19th-century psychologists. By analyzing the writings of Freud, Jung, Foucault, and others, Downing draws surprising conclusions that add up collectively to a far different historical picture of lesbians and gay men than the one we assume. She notes, for instance, that "Freud's own writings reveal a rather different understanding of homosexuality than that usually attributed to psychoanalysis." Downing concludes by examining the dynamics of same-sex love between Greek deities and discussing the homoerotic content of works by Plato and Sappho. Though specialized, a useful work for general collections.
- Kevin M. Roddy, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christine Downing is professor of religious studies emerita at San Diego State University and a former core faculty member of the California School of Professional Psychology. She is the author of The Goddess, Journey Through Menopause, Psyche?s Sisters, Women?s Mysteries, and Gods in Our Midst. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Continuum+publishing (February 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826405266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826405265
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,429,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customerswanc k on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a nice scholarly approach to the theme of love between members of the same sex. it could be brothers, sisters, mothers/daughters and friends. It should not be mistaken for a book on homosexuality although that theme is one element. it is sensitive to the deep feelings felt by members of the same sex. nice easy ready with a personel touch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FlippyCanoo2 on March 22, 2012
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Brilliant! One of the greatest works of scholarship in this area, and a key work for anyone interested in Depth Psychology. Downing's knowledge of Freud,Jung,and classical Greek works is absolutely essential.
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