Sapphic Art

Sapphic Art

by Hans-Jurgen Dopp
     
 

There was in Ancient Greece a particular island, in shape of a triangle, just like the female mane, which symbolized the most contradictory fantasies: the "island of Lesbos."

For some, this is the sanctuary of female homosexuality, for others, it is the first expression of freedom by Aeolian women. In the first case, it is often men who try to

Overview

There was in Ancient Greece a particular island, in shape of a triangle, just like the female mane, which symbolized the most contradictory fantasies: the "island of Lesbos."

For some, this is the sanctuary of female homosexuality, for others, it is the first expression of freedom by Aeolian women. In the first case, it is often men who try to reject and condemn the notion of pleasure between two women. In the second case, often women, they demand the right to equality. The poetess Sappho did not in anyway facilitate the relationship between men and women, with her admirable Ode to Aphrodite which celebrates the love and sexuality between to women.

With the liberalization of morals, female homosexuality is part of modern society's and cannot be ignored.

But what does history retain from these practices? How is the love between women appreciated? By infringing on the rules of past societies, how did these women live their particularity and their forbidden sexuality?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859958803
Publisher:
Sirrocco - Parkstone International
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Dopp taught for a number of years at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he held a chair of psychoanalytical interpretation, as well as the cultural history of erotic art. For the past thirty years, he has been an avid collector of erotic art and has gained international recognition through various exhibitions and publications.

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