Delany's Divinities

  title={Delany's Divinities},
  author={D. Scott},
  journal={American Literary History},
  pages={702 - 722}
  • D. Scott
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • American Literary History
  • “If a god has no name, what sort of god can he be?” So queries a befuddled sophisticate in the Egyptian city of Hermopolis in the year 130 when asked by Neoptolomus, protagonist of Samuel R. Delany’s novella, Phallos (2004), about the location of the temple of “the nameless god” (14). The man’s question about the object of Neoptolomus’s search is perhaps more argumentative than nonplussed; it’s fairly easy to imagine his response enunciated in a barbed tone, at least when we read it from a… CONTINUE READING


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