By Christopher Craft
In a learn that might be of curiosity to all these involved with the politics of gender, the heritage of sexuality, and the erotics of studying, Christopher Craft investigates questions primary to any historical past of current sexualities. How does the trendy binary homosexual/heterosexual relate to past formulations like ''sexual inversion'' and ''sodomy''? What half does literature play within the improvement of such different types, or in a culture's resistance to them? And what are the consequences for the construction and upkeep of the presumed ''natural'' male heterosexual topic? How has male heterosexual subjectivity been demonstrated as a bulwark opposed to the points of interest of a gay wish that's time and again incited via the very tradition that condemns it? Craft examines the discourses of nineteenth-century psychiatry and sexology; a few of Freud's crucial writings; and Tennyson's In Memoriam, Wilde's The significance of Being Earnest, Stoker's Dracula, and Lawrence's girls In Love.
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Extra resources for Another Kind of Love: Male Homosexual Desire in English Discourse, 1850-1920
The phrase “microstructural heterosexual attitudes” comes from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (New York, 1987), 87. Joel Fineman, “Psychoanalysis, Bisexuality, and the Difference Before the Sexes,” in Psychosexual Imperatives, ed. Marie Coleman Nelson and Jean Ikenberry (New York, 1979), 109. The undifferentiated fetus would be inscribed with a similar ideological duplicity. …By jumping from the demonstrable “androgyny” of the fetal sex organs to an assumed bisexuality in the developed cerebellum, it seemed to such influential theoreticians as Krafft-Ebing, Havelock Ellis, and Magnus Hirschfeld that one could clearly and precisely define the difference between men and women by referring to relative proportions in them of fixed, gender-specific, neurological elements.
Kofman: “We are to understand that constitutionally she is more masculine than feminine, and that therefore she cannot help persisting in this masculinity. ” Indeed, not a word could have been said. Not, that is, without a thorough dismantling of the sexist and heterosexist gender ideology that underwrites the inversion model, whose psychoanalytic deployment, however displaced or “circuitous,” nonetheless betrays a palpable genealogical relation to the more reductive formulations of the sexologists.
From Sexual Inversion to Homosexuality: Medicine and the Changing Conceptualizations of Female Deviance,” Salmagundi 58–59 (1982): 114–46. The phrase “microstructural heterosexual attitudes” comes from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (New York, 1987), 87. Joel Fineman, “Psychoanalysis, Bisexuality, and the Difference Before the Sexes,” in Psychosexual Imperatives, ed. Marie Coleman Nelson and Jean Ikenberry (New York, 1979), 109. The undifferentiated fetus would be inscribed with a similar ideological duplicity.
Another Kind of Love: Male Homosexual Desire in English Discourse, 1850-1920 by Christopher Craft