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This is a great, comprehensive sight with reviews of gay men's literature and film. EDU Below please find the latest example. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an M. After teaching mathematics at the University of British Columbia and English at the University of Toronto, he joined the English department at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln inretiring in Louis Crompton's work in the early days of the modern gay movement has been included in a soon-to-be released documentary film, Before Homosexuals, directed by John Scagliotti.
Before he turned to gay studies,
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Nonetheless, Professor Crompton concluded that it would be wise to cease giving the course. Undeterred, he decided to pursue scholarship in the field through articles and books. Homophobia in 19th-century England Homosexuality and Civilizationhis magnum opus, required 19 years in the writing, even more in the gestation. Working with the utmost patience through the records documenting same-sex love, Louis Crompton tackled the Herculean task of chronicling the history of homosexuality in Europe and parts of Asia from Homer to the eighteenth century.
Two chapters on China and Japan are a welcome complement to the usual Eurocentric focus. In the context of world history, Crompton's comparative study reveals the anomaly of Judeo-Christian aversion to homosexuality. Rejecting the social-construction approach that flourished under the aegis of Michel Foucault, Crompton went directly to the sources, triumphantly showing how much could be accomplished by applying the well-established methodology of the historian.
Defying the current fashion that holds that gay history began only about or even as late as this book triumphantly affirms the unity of gay history. Even in the West, which has seen a major affliction of antihomosexual sentiment, the pattern is one of affimation, retreat, and renewed affirmation. Lou Crompton is survived by his companion of many years, Luis Diaz-Perdomo.
Simon Karlinsky was born in to a Russian-Jewish family living in Manchuria. He came to America when he was His father, who was
Simon karlinsky homosexuality and christianity to the Soviet Union, wisely decided not to return there.
Simon and I sometimes compared notes about growing up in a far-Left family, finding our bearings to a saner view as Simon karlinsky homosexuality and christianity adults. At first it seemed that Simon Karlinsky would make his mark as a composer. But his superb linguistic skills impelled him to become a professor of Russian philology, a topic he20pursued in many years of teaching in the Department of Slavic Languages at the University of California, Berkeley.
I am proud to have published his article on Russia in the Encyclopedia of Homosexuality. Louis Crompton and Simon Karlinsky were beacons of sanity against the backdrop of the painful birth of gay studies.
Yet the exemplary work of Crompton and Karlinsky points up two problems--two categories of growing pains, as it were--that have afflicted the emerging field of gay studies. Here is the first of these issues. Not unlike
Simon karlinsky homosexuality and christianity groups who have suffered discrimination, gay and lesbian people have sought to bolster their collective self-esteem by compiling lists of famous homosexuals from various walks of life.
This approach has Simon karlinsky homosexuality and christianity effect of focusing on the elite to the neglect of20the life circumstances of most gay men and lesbians across the centuries. Another difficulty is highlighted by the opening paragraph of the Wikipedia List of such persons. Famous people who are simply rumored to be gay, lesbian or bisexual, are not listed. The reason is that in the past, and even today, many individuals have found it prudent to remain in the closet.
The protective gear they donned was intended to thwart hostile efforts at outing.
Later, they served as an obstacle to friendly efforts. In some instances gay scholars have been unable to resist outing figures who probably could not be outed because they were not gay in the first place.
Consider the case of Abraham Lincoln, the subject of an ingenious book by my late friend Clarence Tripp. This book has been available for four years now. The overwhelming consensus among Lincoln scholar is that Tripp did not prove his case, and Lincoln was not gay. Still, the allegation is believed by many gay and lesbian people. The other problem is the way in which Queer Theory has elbowed its way to the forefront of our studies. Regarded20by some as a branch of gender studies, Queer Theory became prominent in the early s.
The word queer is itself problematic because its advocates have not succeeded in divesting it of its negative Simon karlinsky homosexuality and christianity.