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A history of gay literature - the male tradition
Gregory Woods
Paperback / softback
Yale University Press
UK Publication Date

This important book is the first full-scale account of male gay literature across cultures, languages, and centuries. A work of reference as well as the definitive history of a tradition, it traces writing by and about homosexual men from ancient Greece and Rome to the twentieth-century gay literary explosion.

"Woods' own artistry is evident throughout this elegant and startling book. . . . These finely honed gay readings of selected Western (and some Eastern) literary texts richly reward the careful attention they demand. . . . Though grounded in the particulars of gay male identity, this masterpiece of literary (and social) criticism calls across the divides of sex and sexual orientation."-Kirkus Reviews (a starred review)

"An encyclopedic mapping of the intersection between male homosexuality and belles lettres . . . [that is] good reading, in part because Woods has foregone strict chronology to link writers across eras and cultures."-Louis Bayard, Washington Post Book World

"Encyclopedic and critical, evenhanded and interpretive, Woods has produced a study that stands as a monument to the progress of gay literary criticism. No one to date has attempted such a grand world-wide history. . . . It cannot be recommended highly enough."-Library Journal (a starred review)

"A bold, intelligent and gorgeously encyclopedic study."-Philip Gambone, Lambda Book Report

"An exemplary piece of work."-Jonathan Bate, The Sunday Telegraph

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Keyword Index
Gay men's writings.|Homosexuality in literature.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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