In Death in Venice, sublimated pederastic
desire drives Aschenbach to create the perfect piece of prose, notably, at the point when his Apollonian-Dionysian forces reach equipoise.
20, 1809), Cam Hobhouse reports that pederasty was openly practiced among the Albanians, and Lord Byron includes in his Childe Harold an Albanian song with pederastic
themes, suppressed at publication.
(7) Thornton argues that while some scholars believe pederastic
couples engaged in anal sex, more likely they participated in "intercrural" sex, in which the adult male rubbed his penis between the thighs of the young man.
Dover portrayed pederastic
relationships as strictly hierarchical affairs wherein older "lovers" had all the fun at the expense of sexually and emotionally passive--i.e., indifferent, or even suffering--"beloveds." As Hubbard cogently points out, recent scholarship offers "a more nuanced and multi-dimensional picture of relations that were often mutual, not always radically age-different, and seldom crudely exploitive." Although Bowersock alludes to this central point, his insistence that Dover still represents the "gold standard" of scholarly understanding of the topic reflects a certain squeamishness in coming to terms with homosexual realities both ancient and modern.
So when Bacon writes that the new order of scientific research demands that we "not make scruple of entering and penetrating into these holes and corners" of nature, we may be mistaking a representation of the foraminous or a multiply perforated body for a misogynistic or pederastic
injunction to exert domination through sexual penetration.
26, also does not cohere with a pederastic
conception of homosexuality; one is at pains to see how homosexual activity by women (among whom the practice of pederasty was unknown) is illustrative of or synonymous to the specific practice of pederasty among men.
That, however, the eros in question, at least in the original, is almost exclusively pederastic
, might lead us to ask how a text comprised primarily of speeches celebrating relationships whose consummation was punishable by death in sixteenth-century France could be reconfigured in the same time and place for such a paradigmatically straight and officially-sanctioned context as a royal wedding--until we recall that the dominant trajectory of Renaissance theories of eros inspired by the Symposium was one of progressive heterosexualization.
As is well known, the West has followed a remarkable path from Greek pederastic
paideia politics (and centuries of its academic interpretation) (Percy, III, 1996), anti-masturbation crusades (Hall, 1991; Pryke, 2005), discussions of the Oedipal stage, the absent father, "developmentally expected" adolescent homosexuality (Spurlock, 2002), "gender disorder" (Sedgwick, 1993; compare Zucker & Spitzer, 2005), sissiness (Grant, 2004), and circumcision (e.g., Darby, 2005; Gollaher, 1994; Knights, 2004), to the survival of boys who were victims of what came to be called sexual abuse (Holmes & Slap, 1998).
Lamb undoubtedly expected his audience to recognize the false note of aphrodisiac or pederastic
cannibalism, the submerged sexual component in Elia's voracious longing for the piglet.
In the vision of the Phaedrus lovers (it is worth pointing out again that Plato unequicovally refers to pederastic
love) are therefore the most privileged human beings.
What makes these letters' survival a minor miracle is their volatile, potentially incriminating content, for Ireland made frequent and frank reference to his pederastic
preoccupations (and, less frequently, to the priest's own "Uranian" tendencies).
He discerns a more sexually open and less punitive society as having been enjoyed by pederastic
Greek males alongside their heterosexual unions with their female spouses and managers of their household economies.