Gay and Lesbian Poetry: An Anthology from Sappho to Michelangelo

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First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Rutgers medievalist Wilhelm's ambitious survey collects European homoerotic poetry from 7th century B.C.E. Greece through the Italian Renaissance. Though Dante, Chaucer, and others deploying gay characters are included, as are a scattering of antihomosexual polemicists, the voice of these poems is typically a mature gay man (Sappho is one of but a few women represented), the object a smooth-cheeked youth. Selections from medieval Arabic and Hebrew poetry provide some of this anthology's most disarming readinge.g., Imn Shuhaid's "he passed me in a herd of deer, a smiling moon with lucky teeth"as well as evidencing the improbable license apparently then possible under Islamic rule. Though generally capable, the translators sometimes resort to anachronisms (a calculator in a Juvenal satire?) and contemporary subculture argot to mixed effect. And aside from brief introductions to each section and to individual poets, the annotations are minimaltoo minimal, perhaps, for many a lay reader without a literary dictionary immediately at hand. For more scholarly collections.Thomas Tavis, San Francisco P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815318866
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Reference Library of the Humanities Series, #1874
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I Classical Greek Literature 3
Ch. 1 Sappho (ca. 630-ca. 580 B.C.) 5
Ch. 2 Early Male Lyric Poets 11
Ch. 3 Theocritus and the Pastoral Tradition 23
Ch. 4 Strato of Sardis Musa Puerilis The Boyish Muse 29
Sect. II Classical Latin Literature 85
Ch. 5 The Lyric: Catullus, Horace, and Tibullus 87
Ch. 6 Vergil 107
Ch. 7 Ovid 111
Ch. 8 Satire: Martial, Juvenal, and Petronius 117
Sect. III Medieval Latin Literature 135
Ch. 9 A.D. 300-1000 137
Ch. 10 A.D. 1000-1300 153
Ch. 11 Anonymous Poems from Later Manuscripts 171
Sect. IV Arabic Poetry 193
Ch. 12 Medieval Spanish Selections 195
Sect. V Hebrew Poetry 235
Ch. 13 Medieval Spanish Selections 237
Sect. VI Late Medieval Vernacular Literature to 1400 261
Ch. 14 The Trobairitz Bietris de Romans (ca. Early 1200s) 263
Ch. 15 Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) 265
Ch. 16 Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1341-1400) 273
Sect. VII Italian Renaissance Literature to Michelangelo 277
Ch. 17 Selections from 1400 to 1550 279
General Bibliography 327
Index of Authors and Longer Works 329
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