Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire

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Columbia University Press, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 244 pages
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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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Review: Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire

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on occasions there are flashes of brilliance hidden in nooks and corners of this seminal work, and on occasions, at least for me, the study and analysis seemed a little too forced... however, it is a fabulous work.... Read full review

Review: Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire

User Review  - Jaykumar Buddhdev - Goodreads

on occasions there are flashes of brilliance hidden in nooks and corners of this seminal work, and on occasions, at least for me, the study and analysis seemed a little too forced... however, it is a fabulous work.... Read full review

Contents

Gender Asymmetry and Erotic Triangles
21
Swan in Love The Example of Shakespeares Sonnets
28
The Country Wife Anatomies of Male Homosocial Desire
49
A Sentimental Journey Sexualism and the Citizen of the World
67
Toward the Gothic Terrorism and Homosexual Panic
83
Murder Incorporated Confessions of a Justified Sinner
97
Tennysons Princess One Bride for Seven Brothers
118
Adam Bede and Henry Esmond Homosocial Desire and the Historicity of the Female
134
Homophobia Misogyny and Capital The Example of Our Mutual Friend
161
Up the Postern Stair Edwin Drood and the Homophobia of Empire
180
Toward the Twentieth Century English Readers of Whitman
201
Notes
219
Bibliography
229
Index
241
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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is the author of Tendencies, The Coherence of Gothic Conventions, and Epistemology of the Closet.

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