A Natural History of Homosexuality
This course under the title "A World History of Homosexuality" was presented in 2006, 2007 and 2008 but was not offered in 2009. In 2010 it is being re-offered in slightly revised form as "A Natural History of Homosexuality". To download a unit in this course, click on "course"... all materials are in PDF format. You can download the free reader from the Adobe website.
00 - An Overview of this course
A foreword written for the 2010 version.
01 - Nauseous Subjects and Loathsome Expressions
Some Words of Introduction
02 - Born That Way
The Biological Basis of Homosexuality
03 - Down and Dirty with Drosophila
Evolution and Homosexuality
04 - My Mother Made Me Homosexual
Psychoanalysis and “Cure”
05 - Cardinal Sin to Capital Vice
The Social Construction of Homosexuality
06 - But what do gay men actually do?
Models of Male Homosexuality
07 - Boy Wives of the Aranda
The Pre-History of Homosexuality I.
08 - Making Men in Sambia Gardens
The Pre-history of Homosexuality II.
09 - A Closer Look at Sacred Cows
Pedophilia and Pederasty
10 - The Beautiful Way
Homosexuality in Japan.
11 - Comrades of the Cut Sleeve
Homosexuality in China.
12 - Making Mischief and a Past Reclaimed
Homosexuality in India.
13 - Companionship of Men
The Epic of Gilgamish
15 - City States and Civic Virtues
Homosexuality in Ancient Greece.
16 - Real Men and Mincing Queans
Homosexuality in Ancient Rome.
17 - Hadrian and Antinous
Beloved and God
18 - Ragamuffins and Heroes Berserk
Homosexuality in Pre-Christian Europe.
19 - Unpardonable Vice and Unspeakable Sin
Homosexuality in the Christian West.
20 - Mother Clap and Scribblers Galore
Homosexuality in England in the Age of Enlightenment.
21 - Shirt-lifting Down-Under
Sodomy in Sydney Town.
22 - Diversity in Diversity
The Modern Gay Rights Movement & “Gay Marriage”.
In 2006 when this course was first presented 5 short essays on were circulated in class as "homework". Two of these - those dealing with Hadrian and Antinous and with Gilgamish - have now been incorproted into units of their own. To download the remaining three, click on the title of the essay:
L02 - A Regency Case Study: George, Lord Byron and “Don Leon”
L03 - Walt Whitman — the Adhesive Rough in a Populous City
L04 - Lawrence of Arabia and the Tides of Men.