Jamake Highwater understands what it is like to be an outsider North American Indian, adopted and gay That is three strikes against him But these experiences have given him profound insight I think this quote from the book says it all Read it and get People who exist at the margins of society are very much like Alice in Wonderland They are not required to make the tough decision to risk their lives by embarking on an adventure of self discovery They have already been thrust beyond the city s walls that keep ordinary people at a safe distance from the unknown For at least some outsiders, alienation has destroyed traditional presumptions of identity and opened up the mythic hero s path to the possibility of discovery What outsiders discover in their adventures on the other side of the looking glass is the courage to repudiate self contempt and recognise their alienation as a precious gift of freedom from arbitrary norms that they did not make and did not sanction At the moment a person questions the validity of the rules, the victim is no longer a victim. Jamake Highwater Is A Master Storyteller And One Of Our Most Visionary Writers, Hailed As An Eloquent Bard, Whose Words Are Fire And Glory Studs Terkel And A Writer Of Exceptional Vision And Power Anais Nin Author Of Than Thirty Volumes Of Nonfiction, Fiction, And Poetry, Highwater Considered By Many To Be The Intellectual Heir Of Joseph Campbell Has Long Been Intrigued By How Our Mythological Legacies Have Served As A Foundation Of Modern Civilization Now, In The Mythology Of Transgression, He Uses His Remarkable Narrative Powers To Offer A Personal And Extraordinarily Far Ranging Examination Of How People Who Stand Outside Of Society By Dint Of Their Sexual Orientation, Physical Appearance, Ideas, Artistic Inclinations, Or Ethnic Heritage Often Achieve Lasting, Even Profound Influence Upon The Culture At Large Drawing From A Stunningly Rich Variety Of Sources Ranging From The Arts And Literature To Biology, Physics, Psychology, And Anthropology, Highwater Looks At His Own Outsider Status As A Gay Man, An Artist, And An Orphaned Native American In An Attempt To Explore How Mythologies From Ancient Times To The Present Have Shaped The Ways We Think About Social Abnormality And Alienation Throughout, He Points To A Paradox At The Center Of Western Values The Competing Notions That The Outsider Is At Once Sinful And Wise, That In Everyday Life The Transgressor Is Ostracized, While In Our Most Durable Folklore And Religious Legends, Heroes Must Break The Rules To Achieve Greatness Focusing In Particular On Homosexuality As A Modern Metaphor Of Transgression, Highwater Brilliantly Mixes Personal Anecdotes With Wide Ranging Research, Leading Us On A Tour Through The History Of Social Conformity And Rejection, Citing Examples That Span From Judeo Christian Islamic Doctrines Of Good And Evil, To The Navajo Nation S Ambivalence Toward The Nature Of Sexuality, To Carson McCullers S Treatment Of Physical Deformity In The Novella Member Of The Wedding, To Descartes S Theories Of Dualism He Also Pays Special Attention To The Debates Currently Raging In Science Regarding The Biology Of Homosexuality And Provides An Engaging Discussion Of Why We Are Motivated To Seek A Genetic Basis Of Sexual Orientation In The First Place Jamake Highwater Has Long Been Celebrated As A Writer Uniquely Suited To Give Voice To The Social Outsider Often Provocative, Always Fascinating, The Mythology Of Transgression Is A Tour De Force Of Eloquent Scholarship, A Book That Will Prompt Discussion And Debate On The Subject For Years To Come
Jamake Highwater is the author of a number of books for children, including The Ceremony of Innocence, a 1985 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and I Wear the Morning Star, a 1988 IRA Young Adult Choice Mr Highwater lives in Hampton, CT.
- 272 pages
- The Mythology of Transgression: Homosexuality as Metaphor
- Jamake Highwater
- 01 March 2019 Jamake Highwater