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 Back||p. 3|
|Talking about Sex: Sexology, Sexual Difference, and Confessional Talk Shows||p. 45|
|Henry James's Thwarted Love||p. 66|
|Gender and the Discourse of Nationalism in Anita Desai's Clear Light of Day||p. 96|
|Diagnosing the Domestic Woman in The Woman in White and Dora||p. 123|
|Memoirs from a German Colony: What Do White Women Want?||p. 154|
|(Dis)Locating Gender Space and Medical Discourse in Colonial India||p. 188|
|The Third Sex: Figures of Inversion in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood||p. 233|
|Boys' Own Stories and New Spellings of My Name: Coming Out and Other Myths of Queer Positionality||p. 260|
|In Formation: Male Homosocial Desire in Willa Cather's One of Ours||p. 285|
|Shakespeare Out in Portland: Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, Homoerotics, and Boy Actors||p. 311|
|Guidelines for Prospective Contributors||p. 337|
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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