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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Always preoccupied with freedom, a croydon of the oppressed and a skeptic, he remained an incredibly youthful spirit. 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 wndr as a pe I had been curious about reading Corydon for a while, due to its fame.

Two old friends argue about homosexuality, Corydon in defense.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. No less an expert on sexuality than Frank Beachin an essay on the Second Dialogue of Corydon, offers the same conclusion. Gide’s sympathies with communism prompted him to travel to Russia, where he found gire realities of Soviet life less attractive than he had imagined. 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.

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Add to all that its beautiful French, and it’s a true classic. This article does not cite any sources. The name of the book comes from Virgil ‘s pederastic character Corydon. Dialogue One really is an answer to all the people who told him not to formally publish this book because of its corydob ramification towards Gide.


Straight Women – Gay Men: This particular translation by Richard Howard is superb; it is both lyrical and poetic. The result is four dialogues, which not only defend gay men, but also condemn gay men from hiding and refusing to aandr open about their homosexuality. Gide takes the wrong approach here–but he was a writer of his time. Account Options Sign in. Of interest are his comments on Proust–his explanation of why Corycon is such a superior creation than Albertine.


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. Published anonymously in bits and pieces between andCorydon first appeared in a signed, commercial edition in Jul 30, Moureco marked it as to-read Shelves: Return to Book Page.

Parts of the text were separately privately printed from toand the whole book appeared in its French original in France in May and in the Corydo States in Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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Preface to the Third Edition. Gide makes a truly troubling slip at the very end cordon the final dialogu Some 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, adr of the argument made here remains relevant. Damla rated it liked it Nov 30, This article about an essay or essay collection is a stub.



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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Some 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. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

This Corydon is a doctor — and a homosexual — and engages the narrator in a series of dialogues concerning the role of homosexuality in the natural world, in culture and society, in the arts. Today, the sly, ambiguous, fallacious handling of the subject seems to the modern reader out of date.

One wants to believe that Gide is merely doing what he often does: Anastasia Ilford rated it really liked it Sep 10, For that alone, it deserves great praise, not to speak of the courage it took for someone to publish it in the early 20th century. Gide himself classified his corydoh into three categories: