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Between men : English literature and male homosocial desire

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1985.
Series: Gender and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
ISBN: 0231058608 9780231058605 9780231082730 0231082738 0231058616 9780231058612
OCLC Number: 11089512
Notes: The Cushing Library/Women & Gender Studies copy was acquired as part of The Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture.
Description: x, 244 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Homosocial desire ; Sexual politics and sexual meaning ; Sex or history? ; What this book does --
ch. 1. Gender asymmetry and erotic triangles --
ch. 2. Swan in love: the example of Shakespeare's sonnets --
ch. 3. The country wife: anatomies of male homosexual desire --
ch. 4. A sentimental journey: sexualism and the citizen of the world --
ch. 5. Toward the Gothic: terrorism and homosexual panic --
ch. 6. Murder incorporated: Confessions of a justified sinner --
ch. 7. Tennyson's Princess: one bride for seven brothers --
ch. 8. Adam Bede and Henry Esmond: homosocial desire and the historicity of the female --
ch. 9. Homophobia, misogyny, and capital: the example of Our mutual friend --
ch. 10. Up the postern stair: Edwin Drood and the homophobia of empire --
Coda: Toward the twentieth century: English readers of Whitman.
Series Title: Gender and culture.
Other Titles: English literature and male homosocial desire
Responsibility: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.


Examines men's relationships with one another in English literature and the ways those relationships affect women. Central to this study is Sedgwick's conception of "male homosocial desire". She  Read more...


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Universally cited as the text that ignited gay studies. Rolling Stone "In many ways, the book that turned queer theory from a latent to a manifest discipline." Voice Literary Supplement "Astoshingly Read more...

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