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Eroticism and Containment : Notes from the Flood Plain - Carol Siegel

Eroticism and Containment

Notes from the Flood Plain

By: Carol Siegel (Editor), Ann M. Kibbey (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780814779996
Number Of Pages: 344

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Sexual confessions on television talk shows. Gender and medical discourse in colonial India. River Phoenix in "My Own Private Idaho." White women in a German colony. Henry James' thwarted love. What do these seemingly diverse subjects have in common?

All address, in different ways, social and cultural attempts to contain eroticism by delineating the perimeters of genders. They scrutinize the political investments in the construction of gender in such disparate locations as contemporary Hollywood, Renaissance England, colonial India and Africa, and in modern and contemporary homosexual discourse communities and in Freud's sessions with Dora.

But whether the gendering of the subject follows the dictates of conservative politics or the radical agenda of a marginalized interest, the essays reveal the erotic overflow--the flood--that cannot be contained within any one gender identity. In examining how the erotic escapes containment, this work discloses problems inherent in the intersections of gender and desire.

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Coming to the Table: The Differential Politics of This Bridge Called My Backp. 3
Talking about Sex: Sexology, Sexual Difference, and Confessional Talk Showsp. 45
Henry James's Thwarted Lovep. 66
Gender and the Discourse of Nationalism in Anita Desai's Clear Light of Dayp. 96
Diagnosing the Domestic Woman in The Woman in White and Dorap. 123
Memoirs from a German Colony: What Do White Women Want?p. 154
(Dis)Locating Gender Space and Medical Discourse in Colonial Indiap. 188
The Third Sex: Figures of Inversion in Djuna Barnes's Nightwoodp. 233
Boys' Own Stories and New Spellings of My Name: Coming Out and Other Myths of Queer Positionalityp. 260
In Formation: Male Homosocial Desire in Willa Cather's One of Oursp. 285
Shakespeare Out in Portland: Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, Homoerotics, and Boy Actorsp. 311
Contributorsp. 335
Guidelines for Prospective Contributorsp. 337
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ISBN: 9780814779996
ISBN-10: 0814779999
Series: Genders
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st December 1994
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 14.96  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.45