Sophia Parnok: The Life and Work of Russia’s Sappho by Diana L. Burgin

By Diana L. Burgin

The climate in Moscow is sweet, there is no cholera, there is additionally no lesbian love...Brrr! Remembering these people of whom you write me makes me nauseous as though i would eaten a rotten sardine. Moscow does not have them--and that is marvellous."
Anton Chekhov, writing to his writer in 1895

Chekhov's barbed remark indicates the weather within which Sophia Parnok was once writing, and is an extra testomony to to the energy and self assurance with which she pursued either her own and inventive lifestyles. writer of 5 volumes of poetry, and lover of Marina Tsvetaeva, Sophia Parnok used to be the one overtly lesbian voice in Russian poetry throughout the Silver Age of Russian letters. regardless of her designated contribution to trendy Russian lyricism even though, Parnok's existence and paintings have basically been forgotten.

Parnok used to be no longer a political activist, and she or he had no engagement with the feminism vogueish in younger Russian highbrow circles. From a tender age, even though, she deplored all different types of male posturing and condescension and felt alienated from what she known as patriarchal virtues. Parnok's method of her sexuality was once both forthright. Accepting lesbianism as her typical disposition, Parnok stated her relationships with ladies, either sexual and non-sexual, to be the centre of her artistic existence.

Diana Burgin's greatly researched lifetime of Parnok is intentionally woven round the poet's personal account, obvious in her writings. The publication is split into seven chapters, which replicate seven typical divisions in Parnok's existence. This lends Burgin's paintings a selected poetic resonance, due to its structural affinity with one in all Parnok's final and maximum poetic achievements, the cycle of affection lyrics Ursa significant. devoted to her final lover, Parnok refers to this cycle as a seven-star of verses, after the seven stars that make up the constellation. Parnok's poems, translated right here for the 1st time in English, extra to a wealth of biographical fabric, make this ebook a desirable and lyrical account of an incredible Russian poet. Burgin's paintings is vital analyzing for college students of Russian literature, lesbian background and women's studies.

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James Merrill and W.H. Auden: Homosexuality and Poetic by P. Gwiazda

By P. Gwiazda

James Merrill and W.H. Auden bargains a considerable research of the literary and private dating among significant twentieth-century poets. As Gwiazda argues, Auden's prominence within the post-World warfare II American poetry scene as a gay poet and critic makes his influence on Merrill quite noteworthy. Merrill's imaginary sport of Auden in his occult verse trilogy The altering gentle at Sandover (1982) deals a robust assertion concerning the dynamics of poetic effect among homosexual male poets. Combining archival study, textual research, and features of queer conception, James Merrill and W.H. Auden examines Sandover's implications to the contentious problems with gay identification and self-representation.

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Correct, Not Politically Correct. How Same-Sex Marriage by Frank Turek

By Frank Turek

Same-Sex Marriage will damage all people, together with YOU. learn the way right here! Why no longer legalize same-sex marriage? Who might it probably harm? utilizing sound reasoning and proof, now not faith, award-winning writer Frank Turek indicates that everybody should be damage together with kids the state or even homosexuals themselves.

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The Transgender Studies Reader by Susan Stryker

By Susan Stryker

Transgender stories is the newest zone of educational inquiry to develop out of the fascinating nexus of queer thought, feminist reviews, and the heritage of sexuality. simply because transpeople problem our so much primary assumptions concerning the courting among our bodies, hope, and id, the sector is either attention-grabbing and contentious. The Transgender experiences Reader places among covers fifty influential texts with new introductions by means of the editors that, taken jointly, record the evolution of transgender reports within the English-speaking international. via bringing jointly the voices and adventure of transgender participants, medical professionals, psychologists and academically-based theorists, this quantity should be a foundational textual content for the transgender neighborhood, transgender reviews, and comparable queer conception.

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A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture by Will Fellows

By Will Fellows

From huge towns to rural groups, homosexual males have lengthy been impassioned pioneers as keepers of tradition: rescuing and restoring decrepit structures, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods. Will Fellows explores this genuine and intricate size of homosexual men's lives by means of profiling early and modern preservationists from through the usa, highlighting contributions to the bigger tradition.

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The Fire Baby by Jim Kelly

By Jim Kelly

Summer time, 1976. A airplane crashes on a farm within the Cambridgeshire fens. Out of the flames walks younger Maggie Beck, clutching a toddler in her hands. Twenty-seven years later, investigative journalist Philip Dryden - vacationing his spouse, Laura, in sanatorium - is witness to Maggie's deathbed confession. yet a few secrets and techniques are most sensible saved mystery, and what began for Dryden as a small and curious tale in regards to the purely survivor of an almost-forgotten aircraft crash quickly escalates right into a full-blown homicide research. And whereas Dryden is thinking about what different secrets and techniques Maggie carried, his semi-conscious spouse is attempting to inform him whatever that would simply keep his life...

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The Economics of Libido: Psychic Bisexuality, the Superego, by Trevor C. Pederson

By Trevor C. Pederson

This e-book is an try to get past pluralism by means of embedding psychoanalysis in philosophy and returning to Freud as a psychologist to hyperlink the depths of the brain to the skin. the writer argues that egoism and altruism are a extra actual illustration of task and passivity and that Freud’s paintings issues to masculine and female drives on each one pole, which, due to psychic bisexuality, can exist in both intercourse. the writer argues that Freud locations the Oedipus advanced because the peak of striving for private happiness in passionate love or luck. the next father complicated is snatched from obscurity and given its right weight because the activity of the parental incest taboo between siblings. Passionate love and luck are mastered because the excellent to marry and search equity in one’s dealings with others. the writer argues that Freud’s paintings means that the sooner different types of the superego are depersonalized to create diverse ontologies, or varieties of being on the earth, that reference the required subjective feel of area, Time, the Superlative, and as much as oedipal status. finally, to justify this go back to the force, superego, and psychic bisexuality the writer presents an explication of Wittgenstein’s inner most language argument.

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Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rechel Hope Cleves

By Rechel Hope Cleves

Traditional knowledge holds that same-sex marriage is a only glossy innovation, an idea born of an brazenly smooth way of life that was once extraordinary in 19th century the USA. yet as Rachel wish Cleves demonstrates during this eye-opening ebook, same-sex marriage is rarely new.

Born in 1777, Charity Bryant used to be raised in Massachusetts. a super and strong-willed lady with a transparent allure for her personal intercourse, Charity came across herself banished from her relations domestic at age twenty. She spent the following decade of her lifestyles touring all through Massachusetts, operating as a instructor, making intimate woman acquaintances, and turning into the topic of gossip anyplace she lived. At age twenty-nine, nonetheless defiantly unmarried, Charity visited pals in Weybridge, Vermont. There she met a pious and studious younger girl named Sylvia Drake. the 2 quickly grew to become so inseparable that Charity determined to hire rooms in Weybridge. In 1809, they moved into their very own domestic jointly, and through the years, got here to be well-known, primarily, as a married couple. respected via their neighborhood, Charity and Sylvia operated a tailor store using many neighborhood ladies, served as guiding lighting inside their church, and took part in elevating their many nieces and nephews.

Charity and Sylvia is the intimate background in their amazing forty-four 12 months union. Drawing on an array of unique records together with diaries, letters, and poetry, Cleves lines their lives in sharp aspect. supplying an illuminating glimpse right into a dating that turns traditional notions of same-sex marriage on their head, and divulges early the USA to be a spot either extra diversified and extra accommodating than sleek society may think, Charity and Sylvia is an important contribution to our constrained wisdom of LGBT background in early the US.

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