A Little Gay History

A Little Gay History

Desire and Diversity Across the World

Book - 2013
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When was the first chat-up line between men recorded? Who was the first "lesbian"? Were ancient Greek men who had sex with each other necessarily "gay," and what did Shakespeare think about crossdressing? A Little Gay History answers these questions and more through close readings of art objects from the British Museum's far-ranging collection. Consulting ancient Egyptian papyri, the Roman Warren Cup's erotic figures, David Hockney's vivid prints, and dozens of other artifacts, R. B. Parkinson draws attention to a diverse range of same-sex experiences and situates them within specific historical and cultural contexts. The first of its kind, A Little Gay History builds a complex and creative portrait of love's many guises.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780231166638
023116663X
Branch Call Number: 306.766 PARKINSO
Characteristics: 128 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 19 cm

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Nov 05, 2013

A far more accurate title would be, "A Little Highly Speculative Gay History." With lavish color illustration, the author embarks on a global journey through time discussing what might conceivably be (but may also conceivably not be) famous gay/lesbian/bisexual relationships. As the author confesses throughout the book, we really don't know for sure in most cases.

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