Despite Western culture´s roots and much touted pride in its classical Greek and Roman legacy, the sexual freedoms of the ancient world have had no place in the official cultures of Western societies. As late as the 19th Century, homosexuality was the "love that dare not speak its name".
In Censoring Sexuality, Paul Bailey examines and analyses the various kinds of censorship - political, literary, cultural - which have oppressed and silenced homosexual men and women. Such a history of censorship extends, of course, way beyond Europe. American puritanism has hugely impacted not only on the lives but also the art works of writers and film-makers whilst the moral values of Hollywood have influenced generations.
Discussing artists as diverse as Marcel Proust, Benjamin Britten, WH Auden and Terence Rattigan, Saki and Ronald Firbank, Censoring Sexuality explores the true nature of "camp" and the rich tradition of subversive and comic art created by the censoring of the sexual.
About the Author
Paul Bailey published his first novel At the Jerusalem in 1967. His other works of fiction include Gabriel´s Lament, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and, most recently, Uncle Rudolf. He has also written a biography of the infamous brothel-keeper, Cynthia Payne, An English Madam.
Table of Contents
Poulenc's Priest by Paul Bailey
From 'Concerning Beautiful Clarity' by Mikhail Kuzmin
How I Found Out: One Boy's Story by Yevgeny Kharitonov
'I Dream of You. I Dream of Pleasure' by Sofia Parnok
Two Poems by Radu Afrim
Waleed's Story by Scott Long
The Gay Divide by Eric Beauchemin
Secrets and Lies by Laetitia Grotti
Brief Encounters by Laetitia Grotti