A Little Gay History : Desire and Diversity Across the World
When was the first chat line between men established? 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.
- Paperback | 128 pages
- 159 x 191 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
- 03 Sep 2013
- Columbia University Press
- New York, United States
- Color Photos: 80,
Table of contents
Preface Introduction: 'A Great Unrecorded History' Glimpses of a History Epilogue: (Re-)Writing Histories Further Resources Suggested General Reading Sources for Quotations Image Credits
Moving and fascinating. -- Simon Russell Beale The Sunday Times Illuminating... Parkinson's book reminds us there is nothing new about homosexuality. The Times (London) [The book] draws on 40 objects, ranging from ancient Egyptian papyri to images by modern artists, including David Hockney. The Bookseller Parkinson successfully shows that same-sex love and desire are an integral part of human history. Publishers Weekly [A Little Gay History] scans the Museum's collections for objects that show the complexity of desire in world cultures. From Indian gods to Emperor Hadrian, it proves that, if you swear by ancient tradition in matters of love and sex, you'll end up in the queerest spots. The Independent [The book] explores artistic portrayals of what it means to be gay and the difficulties in finding records of same-sex desire. BBC News This little gay history is a little terrific book...highly recommended. Library Journal
About Professor of Egyptology R Parkinson
R. B. Parkinson, a curator of ancient Egyptian culture at the British Museum, is internationally recognized as a specialist in ancient Egyptian poetry. His other publications include Voices from Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Middle Kingdom Writings; The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, 1940-1640 B.C.; and Poetry and Culture in Middle Kingdom Egypt: A Dark Side to Perfection.