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Phallos is a 2004 novel by acclaimed novelist and critic, Samuel R. Delany. Taking the form of a gay pornographic novel, only with the explicit sex omitted, Phallos is set during the reign of the second century Roman Emperor Hadrian, and circles around the historical account of the murder of the emperor's young lover, Antinous. The story moves from Syracuse to Egypt, from the Pillars of Hercules to Rome, from Athens to Byzantium, and back. Young Neoptolomus searches after the stolen phallos of the nameless god of Hermopolis, crafted of gold and encrusted with jewels, within which are reputedly the ancient secrets of science and society that will lead to power, knowledge, and wealth. Vivid and clever, the original novella has been expanded by nearly a third. As well, editor Robert Reid-Pharr has appended to the text an afterword and three astute speculative essays by Steven Shapiro, Kenneth James, and Darieck Scott.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Further Reading, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-9
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Phallos
  2. pp. 1-123
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  1. Critical Essays
  2. pp. 125-125
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 127-133
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  1. Discourse and Desire, Muddle and Need: Radical Reading In and Around Phallos
  2. pp. 135-157
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  1. Ars Vitae: Delany’s Philosophical Fable
  2. pp. 159-171
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  1. I Can See Atlantis from My House: Sex, Fantasy, and Phallos
  2. pp. 173-199
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  1. About the Author and Contributors
  2. pp. 189-190
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819573568
Related ISBN
9780819573551
MARC Record
OCLC
827455694
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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