Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire
At the time of its first appearance in 1985 Between Men was viewed as an important intervention into Feminist as well as Gay and Lesbian studies. It was an important book because it argued that "sexuality" and "desire" were not a historical phenomenon but carefully managed social constructs. This insight (that actually originated with Michael Foucault) is often viewed as anti-humanist or post-humanist because it argues that men and women are simply the products of patriarchal power relations over which they have no control. By mobilizing Foucault's theories of the history of sexuality Sedgwick re-fashions Feminism and Gay and Lesbian Studies to make it seem as though Feminism and Gay and Lesbian studies are ideally situated to continue those interventions into the history of sexuality begun by Foucault.
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I return to this book time and time again for my own research and writing. Sedgwick so perfectly and eloquently encapsulates not only her specific ideas about the possibility of eroticizing (or even queering) male homosocial relationships, but she also provides the perfect methodological framework for doing queer readings in any discipline, including mine: musicology. Anyone interested in queer theory as a way of analyzing artistic works should begin with this book!
Gender Asymmetry and Erotic Triangles
Swan in Love The Example of Shakespeares Sonnets
The Country Wife Anatomies of Male Homosocial Desire
A Sentimental Journey Sexualism and the Citizen of the World
Toward the Gothic Terrorism and Homosexual Panic
Murder Incorporated Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Tennysons Princess One Bride for Seven Brothers
Adam Bede and Henry Esmond Homosocial Desire and the Historicity of the Female