Queer Spirits: A Gay Men's Myth Book

Will Roscoe, Editor
Will Roscoe, Editor Beacon Press (MA) $24.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8070-7938-6
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-0-8070-7939-3
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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. (May)
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