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Queer Friendship : Male Intimacy in the English Literary Tradition - George E. Haggerty

Queer Friendship

Male Intimacy in the English Literary Tradition

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2018
ISBN: 9781108418751
Number Of Pages: 208

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Friendship in the classical world was celebrated as among the highest human achievements: nothing was more likely to lead to the divine than looking for it in the eyes of a friend. In exploring the complexities of male-male relations beyond the simple labels of sexuality, Queer Friendship shows how love between men has a rich and varied history in English literature. The friend could offer a reflection of one's own worth and a celebration of a kind of mutuality that was not connected to family or home. These same-sex friendships are memorable because they give shape to the novels of which they are a part, and question the assumption that the love between friends is different from the love between lovers. Queer Friendship explores English literary friendship in three ways: the elegiac, the erotic, and the platonic, by considering a myriad of works, including Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Tennyson's 'In Memoriam A. H. H.', and Dickens' Great Expectations.

Introduction; 1. Elegiac friendship; 2. Erotic friendship; 3. Platonic friendship; Epilogue: queer friendship in Isherwood's A Single Man.

ISBN: 9781108418751
ISBN-10: 1108418759
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 31st March 2018
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 18.54  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.44

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