Gay and Lesbian Poetry: An Anthology from Sappho to Michelangelo

Gay and Lesbian Poetry: An Anthology from Sappho to Michelangelo

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317777618
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
File size:
3 MB

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