Queer Spirits: A Gay Men's Myth Book

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Queer Spirits: A Gay Men's Myth Book

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Reclaiming unexpected myths and archetypes for gay men from origins as diverse as Greek mythology, Hans Christian Andersen, traditional African stories, and Walt Whitman, the author creates a sourcebook for gay men and recounts his own spiritual journey.

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Award-winning author (The Zuni Man-Woman) and spearhead of the gay men's spirituality movement in the U.S., Roscoe has assembled and annotated a diverse, sometimes irritating, sometimes involving collection of poems, stories and myths that either explicitly or implicitly engage archetypal gay experience. Some of his choices are intriguing and amusing?Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling" becomes in context a fable of coming out. Classical figures?Ganymede, Hyacinthus, Endymion?are admirably well represented, as are figures from Native American myth. The "two-spirit" of Zuni mythology is an empowered "third gender" figure that Roscoe presents as a positive alternative to the Oedipal narrative of the homosexual's genesis. Less satisfactory are Roscoe's annotations, many of which are self-indulgently autobiographical; one can't help wondering if the book sometimes blurs the distinction between what is personally meaningful and what is genuinely archetypal.
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