Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore
Did you know that in medieval French folklore a person might change sex by passing under a rainbow? Or that same-sex unions have been celebrated by peoples of the ancient Mediterranean, Africa, China, and indigenous America? Or that Sappho, da Vinci, Emily Dickinson, Nijinsky, Benjamin Britten, Mishima, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Keith Haring, Boy George, and Derek Jarman number among those who have explored the spiritual dimension of gender and sexuality in their works? While the terms many of us employ today to identify ourselves - 'queer', 'lesbian', 'gay', 'bisexual', 'transgendered' - differ markedly from those of peoples of other times and places, we are nevertheless the bearers of a rich spiritual history that has been ignored or suppressed, a history encoded in sacred texts as well as in works of art, music, dance and other media. Drawing upon religion, mythology, folklore, anthropology, history and the arts, the Encyclopedia is a cornucopia of queer spirituality, containing over 1,500 alphabetically arranged entries from Aakulujjuusi to Zeus.
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According to literary theorist Paula Bennett (1990), Dickinson's poems are "
imbricated with layer upon layer of female sexual imagery," much of it linked to
lesbian desire, with symbols including flowers of various kind, nectar, berries,
peas, nuts ...
1450) in the creation of the literary vampire of the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries. Once a Christian soldier fighting alongside his friend Joan of Arc
against the English, Gilles de Rais, following Joan's execution, appears to have
Arno Schmitt and Jehoeda Sofer. New York: Haworth Press, 1992. Karlen, Arno.
Sexuality and Homosexuality: A New View. New York: W. W. Norton, 1971 .
Karlinsky, Simon. "Russian Literature." In The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage,
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Conner (Blossom of Bone: Reclaiming the Connections Between Homoeroticism and the Sacred, HarperCollins, 1993), ethnomusicologist David Sparks, and their daughter, Mariya Sparks, have written an ... Read full review