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Men in love : male homosexualities from Ganymede to Batman
Lingiardi, Vittorio, 1960-
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Compagni d'amore. English
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Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, 2002.
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xiii, 238 pages ; 23 cm
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Originally published in Italian, 1997.
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Recent writings about homosexuality have tended toward either dry science or trendy self-help. But the mystery of human sexuality cannot be summed up using only psychoanalitic or biological models. In Men in Love, Jungian psychoanalist Vittorio Lingiardi traces the poetic roots of eros from ancient Greek times to modern times through myths, art, poetry, and symbols. From the rape of Ganymede to Michelangelo's loves, from the relationship of Batman and Robin to the letters between Freud and Jung, this voyage speaks eloquently about the complex relationships between men. "A substantial and imaginative study ... pleasurable and edifying." -- David Leavitt, author of The Lost Language of Cranes

Author Notes

Vittorio Lingiardi is Professor at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Rome "La Sapienza."

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In this English translation from an Italian original, the author, a psychiatrist, professor at the Univ. of Rome, and a practitioner of neo-Jungian therapy, summarizes recent scientific research on gay males, disagreeing with much of it: the dichotomy between gay and straight, the view that there is only one kind of male homosexuality, and the belief that there is a static sexual orientation at all. In the first part of the book, Lingiardi analyzes one patient's dreams, using mythology (mostly ancient) from a Renaissance neo-Platonic perspective. In the second part, he describes Jung's inchoate theories about male homosexuality, stressing the ambiguities and inconsistencies of Jung's concepts. For professionals and upper-division and graduate collections in Jungian psychology, mythology, and Platonic philosophy. R. W. Smith California State University, Northridge

Table of Contents

John Beebe
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Translator's Notep. xiv
Introduction: Ars Erotica or Scientia Sexualis?p. 1
Part I Zeus and His Cupbearerp. 23
1. Ganymede and Zeusp. 25
2. Spiritual Love and Carnal Lovep. 37
3. The Hidden Imagep. 47
4. Greybeard and the Young Angelp. 57
5. Where Eagles Darep. 71
6. The Fuhrer's Eaglep. 83
7. Winged Feetp. 93
8. Love Pricksp. 105
9. The Sacred Precincts of Sodomp. 115
10. Conclusionp. 127
Part II Jung's Demonp. 131
11. "The Great Phallus"p. 137
12. Love Requires an Objectp. 145
13. Materp. 151
14. Animap. 157
15. The Love Problem of the Studentp. 161
16. Is Anatomy Destiny?p. 167
17. The Androgynep. 175
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 231