Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire (Gender and Culture Series)

Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire (Gender and Culture Series) Author Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
ISBN-10 0231176295
ISBN-13 9780231176293
Year 2015-11-24
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Columbia University Press
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First published in 1985 Between Men was a decisive intervention in gender studies a book that all but singlehandedly dislodged a tradition of literary critique that suppressed queer subjects and subjectivities With stunning foresight and conceptual power Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick s work opened not only literature but also politics society and culture to broader investigations of power sex and desire and to new possibilities of critical agency Illuminating with uncanny prescience Western society s evolving debates on gender and sexuality Between Men still has much to teach us With a new foreword by Wayne Koestenbaum emphasizing the work s ongoing relevance Between Men engages with Shakespeare s Sonnets Wycherley s The Country Wife Sterne s A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy Hogg s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner Tennyson s The Princess Eliot s Adam Bede Thackeray s The History of Henry Esmond Esq and Dickens s Our Mutual Friend and The Mystery of Edwin Drood among many other texts Its pathbreaking analysis of homosocial desire in Western literature remains vital to the future of queer studies and to explorations of the social transformations in which it participates

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