Mieli, Mario.

Towards a gay communism : elements of homosexual critique / Mario Mieli ; translated by David Fernbach and Evan Calder Williams. - London : Pluto Press, 2018. - xxxviii, 269 p.

Translation of: Elementi di critica omosessuale.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Foreword: "I keep my treasure in my arse" / Tim Dean -- Introduction / Massimo Prearo -- Translator's preface / Evan Calder Williams -- Homosexual desire is universal -- Fire and brimstone, or how homosexuals became gay -- Heterosexual men, or rather closet queens -- Crime and punishment -- A healthy mind in a perverse body -- Towards a gay communism -- The end -- Appendix A: Unpublished preface to "Homosexuality and liberation" by Mario Mieli (1980) -- Appendix B: Translator's additional note from chapter 1.

First published in Italian in 1977, Mario Mieli's groundbreaking book is an early landmark of revolutionary queer theory - here available for the first time in a complete and unabridged English translation, with extensive annotations. Among the most important works ever to address the relationship between homosexuality, homophobia and capitalism, Mieli's essay continues to pose a radical challenge to today's dominant queer theory and politics. With extraordinary prescience, Mieli exposes the efficiency with which capitalism co-=opts "perversions" which are then "sold both wholesale and retail." In his view the liberation of homosexual desire requires the emancipation of sexuality from both heteropatriarchal sex roles and capital.

0745399517 (paperback) 9780745399515 (paperback)

Male homosexuality.
Gay liberation movement.
Socialism and homosexuality.

HQ76.25 / .M54 2018

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