By Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Hailed by way of the New York Times as "one of the main influential texts in gender stories, men's experiences and homosexual studies," this ebook uncovers the homosocial hope among males, from recovery comedies to Tennyson's Princess.
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Booth glosses "nothing" in Sonnet 20, "(1) worthless; (2) no-thing, a non-thing. 'Nothing' and cnaught' were popular cant terms for cvulva' (perhaps because of the shape of a zero)" (p. 164). " But the speaker's sensate "nothing" is only barely not a female organ or no-thing. " Similarly in the couplet, "love" takes its place in the chain of names for ambisexual genitals. "Make but my name thy love," the poet instructs, and specifies which name: Will, the vagina/penis. ) "And love that still,/ And then thou lov'st me .
Through readings of majar European fictions, Girard traced a ealculus of power that was structured by the rclation of rivalry between the two active members of an erotie triangle. What is most interesting for our purposes in his study is its insistence that, in any erotic rivalry, the bond that links the two rivals is as intense and potent as the bond that links either of the rivals to the beloved: that the bonds of "rivalry" and "love," differently as they are experienced, are equally powerful and in many senses equivalent.
27 1 do not believe either of these assumptions to be true. Especially because this study discusses a continuum, a potential stmctural congruence, and a (shifting) relation of meaning between male homosexual relatio11ships and the male patriarchal relations by ,vhich women are oppressed, it is important to emphasize that 1 am not assuming or arguing either that patriarchal power is primarily or necessarily homosexual (as distinct from homosocial), or that male homosexual desire has a primary or necessary relationship to misogyny.
Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick