The History of Homosexual Literature Analytical Essay by Nicky

The History of Homosexual Literature
Looks at the history of the as a reflection of society from the early Greek and Romans, through the later English period to modern times.
# 145185 | 1,930 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper examines the writings that recognize the societal acceptance of homosexuality of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Plato, Socrates and Shakespeare. However, the author indicates that the Victorian period openly shunned homosexuality; thereby, the homosexual literature genre, like society, did not even start to come out of the closet until the 1950s. The paper reviews Tom Spanbauer's contemporary novel, which has had a major impact on gay and straight readers, "The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon", about the bisexuality and homosexuality of white cowboys, settlers in the Wild West at the turn of the century and the Navajo Indians.

From the Paper:

"The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-80), for example, goes down in history as a model husband and father and a supporter of the virtues of heterosexual marriage. In his noteworthy Meditations that he published in his later life, he noted that his father taught him to "to suppress all passion for young men." Yet, as Emperor, he introduced no official regulations against homosexuality except to not recognize the existence of Antinous, boyfriend of his patron the Emperor Hadrian. Fronto came to Rome during Hadrian's reign, and it was not long before he was known as an orator only second to Cicero."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Haines, C.R. (1919) The Correspondence of Marcus Cornelius Fronto,. New York: G. P. Putnam
  • Mabillard, A. FAQ: Shakespeare's Life." Shakespeare Online. Retrieved December 12, 2008. (date when you accessed the information) < royalpalaces.html
  • Norton, Rictor. (1998) My Dear Boy: Gay Love Letters through the Centuries San Francisco: Leyland Publications,
  • Plato, Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer society Retrieved December 12, 2008
  • Spanbauer, T. (1991) The Man Who Fell In Love with the Moon. New York: Morgan

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