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No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« on: January 26, 2013, 01:36:34 PM »
I started reading Herman Melville's masterpiece a few days ago and I wasn't expecting homosexual whaler erotica of this calibre. Is there another way I'm meant to be interpreting this or what?

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2013, 01:51:24 AM »
LOL

we read parts of this for one of my classes at college and my professor loved to point out all the homo-erotic sub-text and phallic symbols, so you must be on to something.

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2013, 05:10:54 AM »
Lesson 1: 'It has "dick" in the title'

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013, 04:03:50 PM »
It'd be hilarious if we got 'dick' as a euphemism for penis as a direct result of this book.
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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2013, 09:18:50 PM »
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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2013, 01:06:05 AM »
I still need to finish this book...

It got way less gay once they got onto the ship. Which is funny cos you'd think ships would be great places for that sort of thing.

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2013, 01:14:57 AM »
Everything you ever wanted to know about 19th century whaling and nautical homo-erotica.

I'll be honest, I never had any desire to read this book. Even my literature teacher in high school admitted it was snooze-fest for her. But I am actually a little curious now to read it just to enjoy the unsurpressed sexual undertones.

It would explain its "Classic" status. More than a "whaling encyclopedia" would.

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2013, 03:20:06 AM »
From what I've gathered, the key to creating a classic work of literature is to include homo-erotic subtext.

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2013, 03:30:04 AM »
From what I've gathered, the key to creating a classic work of literature is to include homo-erotic subtext.

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Now I'm kinda curious as to where you'd see homo-erotic subtext in certain classics.


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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2013, 03:52:16 AM »
From what I've gathered, the key to creating a classic work of literature is to include homo-erotic subtext.

Without fail.

Now I'm kinda curious as to where you'd see homo-erotic subtext in certain classics.
Me as well. This is one of the few times I'm curious about the subject of homo-eroticism.

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2013, 03:57:32 AM »
Nah. Homo-eroticism is not really a gateway to being a classic. On the other hand, you can have a book that has little aesthetic value, but talk about important social/political issues and/or critique them and become a work of art.

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2013, 09:37:37 AM »
From what I've gathered, the key to creating a classic work of literature is to include homo-erotic subtext.

Without fail.

Now I'm kinda curious as to where you'd see homo-erotic subtext in certain classics.

The Great Gatsby: everywhere

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2013, 03:21:16 PM »
From what I've gathered, the key to creating a classic work of literature is to include homo-erotic subtext.

Without fail.

Now I'm kinda curious as to where you'd see homo-erotic subtext in certain classics.

The Great Gatsby: everywhere

The Picture of Dorian Gray. But that's a given.

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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2013, 04:57:42 PM »
From what I've gathered, the key to creating a classic work of literature is to include homo-erotic subtext.

Without fail.

Now I'm kinda curious as to where you'd see homo-erotic subtext in certain classics.

The Great Gatsby: everywhere

The Picture of Dorian Gray. But that's a given.


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Re: No one told me Moby Dick was this gay
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2014, 09:01:17 PM »
When we were studying Melville back in my high school days (you know, back when dino-burgers were still all the rage), my teacher pointed out that many of her works were decidedly anti-feminine and dedicated to the pure, masculine idealism of the time. I've never read Moby Dick myself, but that was one my teacher did point out as being the most dramatic in this sense.

Then again, many 80's cartoons are considered homo-erotic (I'm looking at YOU He-Man) but young boys would never have known that. I suppose cultural context has a lot to do with how things are seen as well...

 

       
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