Interesting Queer Story: “The Monkey” by Dinesen

Hello All,

I was just reminded today of a story I haven’t read in quite a while: Isak Dinesen’s “The Monkey.”  CLICK HERE to read.

This would pair VERY well with Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness.  I don’t want to give away the plot, but the main character in “The Monkey” is a homosexual young man; the story is subtle about his orientation, but refers to “Grecian” matters (i.e., homosexuality as popularly supposed to be practiced by the ancient Greeks) and he is in trouble for “corrupting youth” (think of Oscar Wilde here).  A mother-like figure tries to push him into an advantageous marriage with a family friend who may be a lesbian/asexual.

Oh, and there is also a really creepy monkey.  😛

This is OPTIONAL, not REQUIRED reading.  However, since your final paper will be comparative and involve at least TWO works of literature, I am trying to bring your attention to good literary pairings.


Prof. Jaime Weida



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