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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Michael rated it it was andf Jan 22, Mar 29, Yannis Xorydon rated it it was amazing. Today, the sly, ambiguous, fallacious handling of the subject seems to the modern reader out of date. I was given a free French copy at a local book repository.

In these pages, contemporary readers will find a prescient and courageous treatment of a topic that has scarcely become less controversial. Dialogue Three and Four focuses on humans, and in particular the arts, humanities, and customs of humans.

Gide uses this evidence to insist that homosexuality is more fundamental and natural than exclusive heterosexualitywhich he believes is merely a union constructed by society. For other uses of the word, see Corydon disambiguation.

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This was a formative text for early 20th century discussions of homosexuality, but it definitely doesn’t last because Gide doesn’t really t The first dialogue was interesting because the arguments were so like modern arguments about homosexuality.

Misguided even detestable though some of his views are, hapless as some of his evidence is, he has an important gdie and he makes it. Each week, our editors select the coryodn author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Gide also doesn’t do much for me in general, which is why having to read so much of him for my thesis is a drag. To ask other readers questions about Corydonplease sign up. Additionally, all of the prefaces written by Gide are maintained, providing greater context coyrdon the actual four dialogues. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 corydpn.

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The history of how I obtained this gem is slightly remarkable, so I share it here. The unnamed narrator ansr with and discusses the nature of human sexuality with an old friend, one Corydon the name is chosen for obvious reasons. Ultimately, Corydon is a brave attempt by a gay man to defend being gay.

No less an expert on sexuality than Frank Beachin an essay on the Second Dialogue of Corydon, offers the same conclusion. Unsure how to rate this; in terms of literary intrigue, there isn’t much– but then again, that’s not what the book was designed for.

University of Illinois Press- Social Science – pages. Published anonymously in bits and pieces between andCorydon first appeared in a signed, commercial edition in France in and in the United States inthe year before Gide’s 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.

S… on Jean-Paul Sartre: My friends insist that this little book is of the kind which will do me the greatest harm, Gide gkde of his Corydon. Here we are, a hundred years after the first edition made perfectly cogent and undeniable arguments, continuing to have the same debate in almost the same words. By corydo on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Gide takes the wrong approach here–but he was a writer of his time.

As for the argument itself, it is ably dissected in this edition corudon an eminent biologist from Yale in an appendix to the text. Corydon is somewhat dated, but it is nevertheless interesting, especially because I think it is the first time in modern literature that someone talked about homosexuality as something natural, not as a vice or as a peculiar proclivity.

They didn’t have the word teenager then; the concept had yet to be invented.

The original edition was limited to about twenty copies; some 25 years later an open edition reached 33, I do want to make a note on Gide’s use of the word “pederast”, which seems to confuse some reviewers. This very small volume makes you see Homosexuality and Love in general with a more mature, down-to -earth perspective, as a natural selection of the living species on Earth. Please provide an email address.

What he’s talking about is a relationship between a man in his twenties or thirties and a boy in his teens. This Corydon is a doctor — and a homosexual — and engages the narrator in a series of gie concerning the role of homosexuality in the natural world, in culture and society, in the arts.

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The cultural argument fails because numerous historians have shown that women were not valued, respected, or given honors in ancient Greece. This is in France, which until just a few years ago had no such thing as a legal age of consent, and men were free to diddle 12 year girls all day long. The Socratic argument is weak and, I think, unnecessary. Gide makes a truly troubling slip at the very end of the final dialogue, but perhaps that was unavoidable given the time.

He was a founder of the influential Nouvelle Revue Francaise, in which the works coryxon many prominent modern European authors appeared, and he remained a director until It should be noted, Gide is specific about the type of same-sex love he is defending, love and sex between two men.

Of interest are his comments on Proust–his explanation of why Charlus is such a superior creation than Albertine.

The third and fourth I felt included some of that depressing brand of gay male misogyny, which again one sometimes hears today.

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There was a problem adding your email address. It doesn’t have the same meaning as our word “pedophile”, which denotes an attraction to very young children who have not entered puberty. His great works, “The Immoralist” and “The Counterfeiters” puts that accusation immediately A “period piece” from a period that’s way-back-when in modernism. Crydon Women – Gay Men: This is also an excellent example of the political, social, legal, and philosophical arguments surrounding homosexuality in the earlys.

Hayley Windbigler rated it it was ok Dec 20, Refresh and try again. Corydon is somewhat dated, but it is nevertheless interesting, especially because I think it is the first time in modern literature that someone talked about homosexuality as something natural, not as a vice or as a pe I had been curious about reading Corydon for a while, due to its fame.

Account Options Sign in. In Dialogue Four, Gide spends a forydon deal of time talking about ancient societies, and in particular ancient militaries.

He is also a translator and published more than translations from the French.