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Corydon is a book published by the French writer André Gide, first in an edition of eleven and under a pseudonym in 1911, then under a pseudonym again in 1921, then decisively under his own name in 1924. The book is a striking defense of a homosexual lifestyle, presented as a conversation between an unnamed narrator and the titular character, an educated modern man who lays forth an argument in favour of his nature across four dialogues. Though laudable in its unabashed refusal of the definition of homosexuality as 'unnatural', Corydon is specific in its aims; this homosexuality has nothing to do with effeminacy, and accepts only the Greek pederastic model as a suitable mode of desire.


In this work, I have invited my sister to read Corydon and tell me what it has to say about women. The recording of this meeting has been transcribed, edited and presented here. The rhetorical dialogues of Corydon are countered with a real conversation, yet it is one which is still constrained and determined by the author's intent. The publication has been made freely available through online publishing and photocopies, in contrast to the insular circles of sympathetic intellectuals which Corydon initially reached.