Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself

A quick question for readers

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Re: James Hannaham’s God Says No (and re: my ongoing project to mine sources from different disciplines and traditions and media for what they might have to say about a Christian ethic of same-sex sexual love):

Can anyone think of other English-language novels written in the past 50 or 60 years* that address gay Christian experiences?

*In other words, more recent than Brideshead Revisited. And also more centrally concerned with the intersection of faith and queerness.

Written by missogilvy

15 October 2009 at 03:39

Posted in fiction

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  1. Just remembered ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT. But can’t think of anything else! This is crazy.

    missogilvy

    15 October 2009 at 09:56

  2. Huh. For Jews there’s DANCING ON TISHA B’AV, which is short stories. I hear rumors that Pier Tondelli (first name poss. wrong–I’m not at home) wrote about it, but the only thing I’ve read by him is SEPARATE ROOMS, which didn’t really touch on Gay Catholic Whatnot very much if I recall correctly. I’ll look over the bookshelves later today….

    Eve Tushnet

    16 October 2009 at 17:59

  3. OK, looking over the bookshelves all I come up with is the… unsatisfying… discussion of Islam in EXILES IN AMERICA, see:

    http://www.washblade.com/2006/12-1/arts/books/books.cfm

    You’d get further with movies, I’d reckon. But still, I’ll keep thinking, check my what-I-read lists, and ask around. Will let you know what I find!

    THE SECRET HISTORY probably doesn’t count, since I don’t think the gay character was one of the ones most tempted by Catholicism; still, you might have a look at it if you haven’t already, as it’s a pretty amazing look at different forms of ekstasis.

    Eve Tushnet

    22 October 2009 at 03:11

  4. The WILDE movie (the Stephen Fry/Jude Law one) did have a surprising amount of Cat’lick content, though ultimately it didn’t follow through and had other flaws.

    Eve Tushnet

    22 October 2009 at 03:12

  5. Maybe Ron Hansen’s EXILES counts? Post forthcoming.

    missogilvy

    30 November 2009 at 01:37


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