Phallos: Enhanced and Revised Editionby Samuel R. Delany, Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Steven Shaviro, Kenneth R. James, Darieck Scott
Phallos is a 2004 novel by the acclaimed novelist and critic Samuel R. Delany. Taking the form of a gay pornographic novella, with the explicit sex omitted, Phallos is set during the reign of the second-century Roman emperor Hadrian, and circles around the historical account of the murder of the emperor’s favorite, Antinous. The story moves from Syracuse to Egypt, from the Pillars of Hercules to Rome, from Athens to Byzantium, and back. Young Neoptolomus searches after the stolen phallus of the nameless god of Hermopolis, crafted of gold and encrusted with jewels, within which are reputedly the ancient secrets of science and society that will lead to power, knowledge, and wealth. Vivid and clever, the original novella has been expanded by nearly a third. Appended to the text are an afterword by Robert F. Reid-Pharr and three astute speculative essays by Steven Shaviro, Kenneth R. James, and Darieck Scott.
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SAMUEL R. DELANY teaches English and creative writing at Temple University and is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, most recently his novel Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. ROBERT F. REID-PHARR is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author of Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual.
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There have been many detailed reviews of this book, and that influenced me to buy it. So, I'll not attempt a thorough review. Phallos is an enticing journey into to another world, where male sexuality is practically expected to be flaunted, but in such a delightfully refined way! The intellectual concept -- a scholarly search for a book about a book about a mythical man searching for a plundered male totem (did I get that right?) has so many layers I'm not sure I fully followed all of them. But, it just makes me want to romp with Phallos again. For me, the book has a warm, positive ending. Not deliriously so, but when anyone can truly find their way, I'm happy for them. Thank you, Mr. Delaney for taking research and turning it into fun!