By Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Hailed by means of the New York Times as "one of the main influential texts in gender experiences, men's reports and homosexual studies," this e-book uncovers the homosocial wish among males, from recovery comedies to Tennyson's Princess.
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The greatest potential for misinterpretation lies here. Because "homosexuality" and "homophobia" are, in any of their avatars, historical constructions, because they are likely to concern themselves intensely with each other and to assume interlocking or mirroring shapes, because the theater of their struggle is likely to be intrapsychic or intra-institutional as well as public, it is not always easy (sometimes barely possible) to distinguish them from each other. Thus, for instance, Freud's study of Dr.
But the path of heterosexual desire is never simple. In the short moment of pIayful exhilaration dangers are invoked that will not be blandished away at line 14. The sonnet after these two is one of the most wretchedly bitter of the series, though tied to the happier ones by strong thematic links. How can we trace the potential for disaster and the disaster's nascent form in the "will" sonnets? It is too unexplanatory to say that jealousy is lying in wait. P~rhaps a rhetorical sidestep would be more helpful.
Whereas in "Two loves I have" (and characteristically in the Swan in Love: The Example of Shakespeare's Sonnets Sonnets) it seems that sexual pleasure is something that belongs only to women, in these obscene and pleasurable sonnets it seems oddly that no one is in a position to feel anything very sexual, at least until the last four lines of 136: the men, or their "wills," seem to be reduced to the scale of homunculi, almost plankton, in a warm but unobservant sea. What are the pleasures that our "Will" promises himself?
Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick