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The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature Paperback – June 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0231096713 ISBN-10: 0231096712 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Series: Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies
  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (June 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231096712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231096713
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

It would be impossible to compile a complete survey of gay male literature; the very looseness of the definition of "gay" (not to mention the wealth of possible material) would overwhelm the project. Despite that, Byrne R.S. Fone has fashioned a useful, intelligent, and amazingly functional volume that traces gay male themes from classical antiquity to the present day.

Drawing on a variety of traditions and cultures--from ancient Greece to modern Egypt, from the Hebrew Bible to the Russian revolutionary Sergei Esenin--Fone has reprinted not only significant texts, but has also supplied readable, intelligent introductions that illuminate the subject. Most of the material here, apart from a short section on Latin American and Cuban writing, is steeped in a Western European tradition; the book nevertheless conjures a good case for a gay sensibility--or rather a series of sensibilities--that amazes, alarms, and endures. --Michael Bronski --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 (CCNY) selections are thoughtfully interesting, and many are outside the gay canon. As such, even experienced readers of gay literature will discover hidden treasures here. Fone provides material from all Western literary traditions across 2000 years, and what makes his anthology even more wonderful is his including all genres of literature, not just the usual poetry and fiction, from ancient epic to modern personal political essays. Fone also provides introductory essays for each section and biographical notes for each author. This book will contribute mightily to discussions of the gay canon. Highly recommended.ADavid S. Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Morris on July 6, 2009
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This book is almost operatic in scale; from the most ancient to the most modern literary sources, it sweeps through the opus of gay and lesbian literary creation. In a field, and at a time, where the historical sexuality of writers is still so often censored (through omission or commission) by the whole chain of the academic and publishing and book sales industry, this work tells us what should REALLY be on the shelf in your local bookstore under "Gay and Lesbian" other than the current line-up of soft-core trash. Knowing a place in a tradition or a larger story of a community of ideas, is fundamental to every individual and community identity, and as a gay man, this volume made me even prouder of the intellectual and creative contribution men and women of my community have made....forever..! You don't need to read it from cover to cover (after all it contains an immense volume of material), but I am promising myself time to do just that as soon as possible. The pure pride of holding it in your hands and leafing through it, is worth every cent of the substantial cost.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SEBASTIANVS on April 25, 2000
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This is a readable and interesting book not only for westerner but also for us Japanese. However I would like to read much more on Greek and Latin literatures. And next time more comprehensive volume including Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Persian and Arabic anthologies I hope to read.
In addition, the editor didn't understand the Greek language well, since he erroneously thought that " Amores " of Lucianos(p.23-24) is different work from " Affairs of the Heart " of (Pseudo)Lucianos(p.49-).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael A~~~~ on August 2, 2009
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No matter what your lifestyle or who in the past had one that was the same, all the authors in this book are easily some of the most brilliant minds on the planet. I can easily say that with every word one can become drunk with literature and it is a delight to do so here with this anthology~! I'll have another cup of knowledge please~!
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Byrne Fone is the author of the novels "War Stories," "Trojan Women," and "Achilles: A Love Story," a gay romance, which together make up the "Trojan Trilogy," set at the time of the War at Troy. His most recent novel is "American Revolution," a political crime novel about a gay American president.

Byrne is a recognized pioneer in the field of Gay Studies and has written several books in the field including: "A Road to Stonewall: Homosexuality and Homophobia in British and American Literature "(Scribners), a study of Walt Whitman: "Masculine Landscapes: Walt Whitman and the Homoerotic Text" (S. Illinois University Press). He has edited the largest and most comprehensive anthology of gay literature, "The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature" (Columbia University Press) and in "Homophobia: A History" ( Holt and Picador) he examines the history of homophobia over a period covering almost two millennia.

He is also the author of "Historic Hudson; An Architectural Portrait," a history of the City of Hudson, New York, that includes more than 200 images from the 19th to the 20th century of the Hudson's incomparable collection of 18th and 19th century architecture.

Byrne Fone and his partner Alain Pioton live in France where they operate their bed and breakfast: Le Domaine de La Millasserie. www.bandbfrancedordogne.com

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