- 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: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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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-).