Queer Spirits: A Gay Men's Myth Book

Queer Spirits: A Gay Men's Myth Book

by Will Roscoe
     
 

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A fascinating collection of myths and stories from around the world that offers gay men a key to discovering the myths and heroes of their lives.See more details below

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A fascinating collection of myths and stories from around the world that offers gay men a key to discovering the myths and heroes of their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Award-winning author (The Zuni Man-Woman) and spearhead of the gay men's spirituality movement in the U.S., Roscoe has assembled and annotated a diverse, sometimes irritating, sometimes involving collection of poems, stories and myths that either explicitly or implicitly engage archetypal gay experience. Some of his choices are intriguing and amusing-Hans Christian Andersen's ``The Ugly Duckling'' becomes in context a fable of coming out. Classical figures-Ganymede, Hyacinthus, Endymion-are admirably well represented, as are figures from Native American myth. The ``two-spirit'' of Zuni mythology is an empowered ``third gender'' figure that Roscoe presents as a positive alternative to the Oedipal narrative of the homosexual's genesis. Less satisfactory are Roscoe's annotations, many of which are self-indulgently autobiographical; one can't help wondering if the book sometimes blurs the distinction between what is personally meaningful and what is genuinely archetypal. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807079393
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
04/26/1996
Edition description:
None
Pages:
346
Sales rank:
1,379,507
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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