A Little Gay History by R. B. Parkinson
Desire and Diversity Across the World

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Through meticulous research and compassionate narration, British Museum curator Parkinson...brings to light a collection of art objects from the British Museum’s collection that illustrate same-sex desire...
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When was the first chat line between men established? Who was the first "lesbian"? Were ancient Greek men who had sex with each other necessarily "gay," and what did Shakespeare think about crossdressing?

A Little Gay History answers these questions and more through close readings of art objects from the British Museum's far-ranging collection. Consulting ancient Egyptian papyri, the Roman Warren Cup's erotic figures, David Hockney's vivid prints, and dozens of other artifacts, R. B. Parkinson draws attention to a diverse range of same-sex experiences and situates them within specific historical and cultural contexts. The first of its kind, A Little Gay History builds a complex and creative portrait of love's many guises.

 

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R. B. Parkinson, a curator of ancient Egyptian culture at the British Museum, is internationally recognized as a specialist in ancient Egyptian poetry. His other publications include Voices from Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Middle Kingdom Writings; The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, 1940--1640 B.C.; and Poetry and Culture in Middle Kingdom Egypt: A Dark Side to Perfection.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Columbia University Press. 128 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Through meticulous research and compassionate narration, British Museum curator Parkinson...brings to light a collection of art objects from the British Museum’s collection that illustrate same-sex desire...

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