A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition by Gregory WoodsA History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition by Gregory Woods

A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition

byGregory Woods

Paperback | November 15, 1999

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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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Title:A History of Gay Literature: The Male TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:468 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300080883

ISBN - 13:9780300080889

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Gregory Woods provides the first comprehensive account of gay male literature, spanning a range of cultures, languages and ages. A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition is a groundbreaking reference work and a conprehensive history of a tradition. This important, intelligent book traces writing by and about homosexual men from its roots in ancient Greece and Rome through the 20th century’s gay literary explosion. Rather than adhere to a strict chronology, Woods skillfully connects writers across eras and cultures. This is a testament to the progress of gay literary criticism.