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The flowering dream : the historical saga of Carson McCullers
Rich, Nancy Bailey.
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Publication Information:
Chapel Hill, NC : Chapel Hill Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
131 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library PS3525.A1772 Z85 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Publisher's Weekly Review

From the painted pottery of Attic Greece and the silk paintings of 14th-century China to Keith Haring's explicitly homoerotic drawings and Nan Goldin's contemporary AIDS documentary photographs, the love that dare not speak its name has surfaced in art over the centuries, both overtly and in coded form. Saslow, a professor of art history at Queens College, has produced the first comprehensive survey of artistic representations of homosexual behavior and desire spanning from the Stone Age to the present and in all societies, from Africa to Europe, Asia and the Americas. With captivating wit and a firm command of art history, he guides the reader through a tremendous amount of theoretically complex material. Saslow draws upon a wide range of sources, including gay and lesbian historians John Boswell, Lillian Faderman and Jonathan Katz, to contextualize the images politically, socially and historically and to provide a concise cultural history of homosexuality as well as of art. Though this general survey offers little of the rigorous scholarship that made Saslow's Ganymede in the Renaissance: Homosexuality in Art and Society (1986) a seminal text, general readers will nonetheless find it quite illuminating. 118 b&w photos; 32 full-color photos. Agent, Norman Laurila; 4-city author tour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Surprisingly, heretofore there has not been a historical survey of gay and lesbian expression in the visual arts. Art historian Saslow (Ganymede in the Renaissance: Homosexuality in Art and Society) has rectified this, thoughtfully and artfully constructing a broad canvas that spans from ancient Greek plaques to end-of-the-millennium web sites. Teasing out details from homoerotic imagery and queer biographies, he weaves a beautiful tapestry about the evolution of attitudes toward art, sexuality, and culture. Although he focuses on Western culture, he demonstrates remarkable sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and class; he also offers one chapter on Asia and Islam. About 150 judiciously chosen illustrations (including 32 full-color plates, not seen) combine with suggestions for further reading and an index to make this affordable one-volume survey highly recommended for all collections.ÄJames E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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