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The Problem of Modern Pederasty in Queer History

A Case Study of Norman Douglas

Rachel Hope Cleves

history of sex between children or youth and adults seems to have little place in queer history. This is through no fault of Kunzel's. The theorist Kadji Amin argues in his 2017 book Disturbing Attachments that “modern pederasty”—or age-structured sex

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The Exquisite Corpse of Ganymede

A Cursory Overview of an Ancient Gender Studies Discourse

Andrew Calimach

This essay examines surviving traces of the Zeus and Ganymede myth and identifies two interwoven discourses on male love in antiquity: one, a tradition integral to a Cretan initiatory rite and its didactic nature evidenced by an analogous and opposite Boeotian cautionary myth; the other, a nucleus of polemic and shifting male love constructions from Minoan times through Late Antiquity. The mythic tradition is discussed as an archetypal key to identifying the ancient pedagogical and erotic functions of male love and the ancients’ evolving attitudes toward such relationships. As the myth and its offshoots, which are presented here in the form of a pastiche evocative of the atmosphere of the tradition, reflect their Classical and modern echoes through Western and Oriental interpretations, a recurring male love ethic and aesthetic is seen to take shape.

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Thomas K. Hubbard

Classical Athens offers a useful comparative test‐case for essentialist assumptions about the necessary harm that emanates from sexual intimacy between adults and adolescent boys. The Athenian model does not fit victimological expectations, but instead suggests that adolescent boys could be credited with considerable powers of discretion and responsibility in sexual matters without harming their future cultural productivity. Contemporary American legislation premised on children’s incapacity to “consent” to sexual relations stems from outmoded gender constructions and ideological preoccupations of the late Victorian and Progressive Era; that it has been extended to “protection” of boys is a matter of historical accident, rather than sound social policy. Rigorous social science and historical comparanda suggest that we should consider a different “age of consent” for boys and girls.

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James Joyce's “The Sisters”

Implied Pederasty and Interpreting the Inexpressible

Barry Ryan

pederasty 2 has contributed to what is possibly the greatest discordance of critical opinion surrounding any of the stories in Dubliners. Conclusive evidence of pederasty is elusive. Hugh Kenner, who has contributed many insights to Joyce studies, was

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Nicholas L. Syrett

penetrative position. From ancient Greece through the early twentieth century, men who desired boys or male youth have described this orientation and practice as pederasty. In 1896, Richard von Krafft-Ebing coined the terms “pedophilia” and “ephebophilia” to

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“What They Had between Their Legs Was a Form of Cash”

Homosexuality, Male Prostitution, and Intergenerational Sex in 1950s Italy

Alessio Ponzio

good sense of how animated same-sex life was in mid-1950s Italy, and how young hustlers were actively searching for more or less well-off clients. These testimonies offer a firsthand glimpse at the pederastic and (homo)sexual vivacity of this decade

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Michael R. M. Ward

) conducted by New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. Our next article, by Barry Ryan, explores issues of rancor and grief in James Joyce's text “The Sisters.” Ryan suggests that the topic of pederasty in “The Sisters” has attracted

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Jess Dorrance

preserve space for non-binary identifications. See . 30 Blas's project can be viewed online here: . 31 In Disturbing Attachments: Genet, Modern Pederasty, and

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Laura Levine Frader, Ian Merkel, Jessica Lynne Pearson, and Caroline Séquin

sodomy in the post-revolutionary era by following the idea developed by forensic pathologist Ambroise Tardieu that pederasty was a form of prostitution and thus could be controlled as such. They used the existing regulationist system to subject pederasts

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Randolph Roth

officials. There was also a strong correlation between everyday homicides and the number of individuals banished, exiled, or executed for heresy, witchcraft, or moral offenses (adultery, bestiality, pederasty, etc.)—a measure of hostility, division, and