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Homophobia: A History
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Metropolitan Books
Publication date August 1, 2000
Pages 496
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805045598
ISBN-10 0805045597
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.80 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $32.50
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
A revealing history of one of the world's oldest and most persistent prejudices begins with the Greeks and winds its way through the biblical world, Elizabethan poetry, the Victorian novel, the French Revolution, and the Moral Majority to land in the present. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
The first comprehensive history of homophobia-from ancient Athens to the halls of Congress-this bold, original work is certain to become a classic.

It is the last acceptable prejudice. In an age when racial and ethnic name-calling are viewed with distaste, and physical epithets are frowned upon, hatred of homosexuals remains rife. Now, in a tour de force of historical and literary research, Byrne Fone chronicles the evolution of homophobia through the centuries. Delving into literary sources as diverse as Greek philosophy, the Bible, Elizabethan poetry, and the Victorian novel, as well as historical texts and propaganda from the French Revolution to the Moral Majority, Fone finds that same-sex desire has always been the object of legal, social, and religious persecution. Fone shows how the biblical story of Sodom became the primary source for later prohibitions against homosexuality. He charts the subtle shifts in public attitudes and law, from Anglo-Saxon edicts that imposed death by burning upon "confess'd sodomytes," to Victorian decrees that punished sodomy with "forfeiture of all rights, including procreation" (i.e., castration). Sifting the evidence of our own times, including Reader's Digest articles and TV talk-show transcripts, Fone demonstrates that homophobia remains one of the central tenets of law, science, faith, and literature, and defines the very essence of what it means to be male or female. Written by an acclaimed expert in gay and lesbian history, Homophobia is the best sort of history: lively, accessible, and enlightening.


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Hardcover
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from Metropolitan Books (August 1, 2000)
9780805045598 | details & prices | 496 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.75 in. | 1.80 lbs | List price $32.50
About: Traces the history of religious, legal, and social persecution of homosexuals, exploring the references as found in the Bible, punishment of homosexuals in ancient Greece, and attitudes reflected in modern literature, media, and hate crimes.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Picador USA (November 1, 2001)
9780312420307 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Traces the history of religious, legal, and social persecution of homosexuals, exploring the references as found in the Bible, punishment of homosexuals in ancient Greece, and attitudes reflected in modern literature, media, and hate crimes.
from Diane Pub Co (February 1, 2000)
9780756774363 | details & prices | 480 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $17.00
About: In this tour de force of historical and literary research, Fone, an acclaimed expert on gay and lesbian history and professor emeritus at the City University of New York, chronicles the evolution of homophobia through the centuries.

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