CORYDON. by Andre Gide With a comment on the second dialogue in. CORYDON by FRANK BEACH, Department of Psychology, Yale University. NEW YORK. The famous dialogues, in which Gide defends homosexuality to the point of making it a civic virtue, now appearing in English for the first time. My friends insist that this little book is of the kind which will do me the greatest harm, Gide wrote of his Corydon. In these pages, contemporary readers will find a.

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Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his personality, split apart by a straight-laced education and a narrow social moralism.

His political activity is informed by the same ethos, as suggested by his repudiation of communism after his voyage to the USSR. One wants to believe that Gide is merely doing what he often does: There are no discussion topics on this book gude. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The first gire was interesting because the arguments were so like modern arguments gidf homosexuality.

No trivia or quizzes yet. You are commenting using your Twitter account. They didn’t have the word teenager then; the concept had yet to be invented.

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His argument corydoh science relies on attempting to show that males are naturally more sexually active than females, and that in many species where males outnumber females that male-male sexual relationships offer outlets for all that male sexual energy.

What is more, you can fathom and perceive the hypocricy aandr the inhuman social policy of the Human Society and Civilization, through the ages. Corydon is presented as a series of dialogues whether these are Socratic or Platonic I leave to those who make such fine distinctions to decide. Corydom is also an excellent example of the political, social, legal, and philosophical arguments surrounding homosexuality in the earlys.


Inhe received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Dialogue Three and Four focuses on humans, and in particular the arts, humanities, and customs of humans.

Considered by Gide to be the most important of his books, this slim, exquisitely crafted volume consists of four dialogues on the subject of homosexuality and its place in society. The history of how I obtained this gem is slightly remarkable, so I share it here.

Return to Book Page. Corydon was written over tide years, with many changes and addition added by Gide. Want to Read saving….

What I find fascinating is that this piece, written ca. Always preoccupied with freedom, a champion of the oppressed and a skeptic, he remained an incredibly youthful spirit. Mar 04, Fernando rated it it was ok. In spirited dialogue with his bigoted, boorish interviewer, Corydon marshals evidence from naturalists, historians, poets, and philosophers to support his contention that homosexuality pervaded the most culturally and artistically advanced civilizations, from Greece in the age of Pericles to Renaissance Italy and England in the age of Shakespeare.

And for most of the reading public, a tedious bore. November Learn how and coryson to remove this template message. Lists with This Book. His self-exploratory texts reflect his search of how to be fully oneself, even to the point of owning one’s sexual nature, without at the same time betraying one’s values. Gide argues this is reflected by writers and artists from Homer and Virgil to Titian and Shakespeare in their depictions of male—male relationships, such as Achilles and Patroclusas homosexual rather than as platonic as other critics insist.

Dec 16, Carmel Ramos rated it did not like it. And since in most cases no one is willing to admit that such things exist, I am examining, I am trying to examine, whether it is really as deplorable as it is said to be—that such things gixe.


Corydon by André Gide

Gide also doesn’t do much for me in coyrdon, which is why having to read so much of him for my thesis is a drag. It’s remarkable how beautifully crafted his journal is, even when writing about sex with underage boys.

I am trying to explain why they exist. Preface to the Second Edition.

He resigned when the journal passed into the hands of the collaborationists. Wainwright Churchill Snippet view – He is also a translator and published more than translations from the French. Coryodn rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Of interest are his comments on Proust–his explanation of why Charlus is such a superior creation than Albertine. Ultimately, Corydon is a brave attempt by a gay man to defend being gay. Dialogue Two is again between the two friends, but this time focuses on explaining nature, and in particular animals.


Poderia passar sem misoginia e antissemitismo. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Damla rated it liked it Nov 30, His great works, “The Immoralist” and “The Counterfeiters” puts that accusation immediately to rest. The name of the book comes from Virgil ‘s pederastic character Corydon. Gide makes a truly troubling slip at the very end of corycon final dialogu Corydom of the dialogues are more interesting and effective than others the first is the best, and I can see why his friends encouraged him to stop while he was “ahead”and the overall piece is certainly outdated; still, and unfortunately, much of the argument made here remains relevant.

A nadr piece” from a period that’s way-back-when in modernism. This article about a non-fiction book on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender topics is a stub.

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