The famous dialogues, in which Gide defends homosexuality to the point of making it a civic virtue, now appearing in English for the first time. André Gide. Corydon by Andre Gide (image courtesy Goodreads). The complex and provocative André Gide is known for his unconventional. CORYDON. by Andre Gide With a comment on the second dialogue in. CORYDON by FRANK BEACH, Department of Psychology, Yale University. NEW YORK.

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Feb 26, Micha rated it it was ok Shelves: When I was reading this marvellous dialogue and thesis in defence of homosexuality, I was completely mesmerised by the clarity of the arguments, the variation of philosophical and scientific opinions, the unprecedented compassion and acknowledgement of the Human Nature.

Considered anddre Gide to be the most important of his books, this slim, exquisitely crafted volume consists of four dialogues on the subject of homosexuality and its place in society. The third and fourth I felt included some of that depressing brand of gay male misogyny, which again one sometimes hears today.

And amusing that Gide feels offended when accused of not making his homosexuality explicit soon enough.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He included the following quote in his preface: Gide, the reflective rebel against bourgeois morality and one of the most important and controversial figures in modern European literature, published his first book anonymously at the age of No less an expert on sexuality than Frank Beachin an essay on the Second Dialogue of Corydon, offers the same conclusion.

He received a B. Gide uses this evidence to insist that homosexuality is more fundamental and natural than exclusive heterosexualitywhich he believes is merely a union constructed by society.


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This book, although he codydon it his most important according to what I read, does not have the fame of the counterfeiters.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Corydon is somewhat dated, but it is nevertheless interesting, especially because I think it is the first time in modern literature that someone talked about homosexuality as something natural, not as a vice or as a peculiar proclivity.

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A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute. Wonder if I should just toss the rest of his books as well Gide also doesn’t do much for me in general, which is why having to read so much of him for my thesis is a drag. Nov 07, Mason rated it really liked it. In Corydonhe invokes ancient Greece as a cultural model and evidentiary support for public acceptance of homosexuality. Aug 06, Rodrigo rated it liked it. The literary taboo is off; the contents of this book can no longer astound the general reading public.

To compound this, Gide kept those copies in a drawer.

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Parts of the text were separately privately printed from toand the whole book appeared in its French original in France in May and in the United States in An interesting defense of being gay from the early 20th century, when you could still be jailed for such a thing. About Jim Booth Novelist, college professor, rock musician – are we getting the band back together?

The second dialogue, consisting mostly of descriptions of animal mating habits, I found rather unfortunate and far too long. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Igde works won Gide the Nobel Prize in There’s a problem loading this menu right now.


Two old friends argue about homosexuality, Corydon in defense. The New Southern Gentleman. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Although I have an interest in reading more gay literature, I would likely not have sought out this book as I had never heard of it.

Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his personality, split apart by a straight-laced education and a narrow social moralism.

There’s so many other books I could read. His argument from science relies on attempting to show that males are naturally more sexually active than females, and that in many species where males outnumber females that male-male sexual relationships offer outlets for all that male sexual energy. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I was given a free French copy at a local book repository.


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The famous dialogues, in which Gide defends homosexuality to the point of making it a civic virtue, now appearing in English for the first time. The result is four dialogues, which not only defend gay men, but also condemn gay men from hiding and refusing gidee be open about their homosexuality.