Nom de guerre: Homosociality in Timothy Findley’s The Wars

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Nom de guerre: Homosociality in Timothy Findley’s The Wars

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Document Type

Book Chapter

Description

Chapter in Straight Writ Queer: Non-Normative Expressions of Heterosexuality in Literature.

The advent of gay and lesbian studies as an academic field opened the door for a new exploration of sexuality in literature. Here, works generally considered heterosexual are re-examined in the light of queer theory. The notion of homosexuality is viewed as a social construction that emerged during the 19th century, with a definitive difference between biological sex and gendered behavior. Heterosexuality is determined by whether sexual performance conforms to society-designated gender roles. From this wider perspective, this book examines literature previously viewed as “straight” in a search for alternative manifestations of desire and performance, relationships that contain an apparent disconnect between gender and desire. With broad coverage of many periods, authors, and genres, the 17 essays identify inherently queer heterosexual practices and critique the idea of heteronormativity, blurring the line between homo- and heterosexuality. Topics discussed include sodomy and chastity; Victorian literature; the relationship between sex, gender and desire; and the instability in literary portrayals of gender and sexuality. George Eliot, George Meredith, Ernest Hemingway, and Rider Haggard are among the many authors discussed.

ISBN

9780786426386

Publication Date

2006

Publisher

McFarland

City

Jefferson

Keywords

Hemingway, Ernest, Interdisciplinary Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Literature, Notable Figures, Women’s Studies

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

Nom de guerre: Homosociality in Timothy Findley’s The Wars


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