By Christopher Craft
In a learn that would be of curiosity to all these involved with the politics of gender, the background of sexuality, and the erotics of interpreting, Christopher Craft investigates questions primary to any historical past of current sexualities. How does the trendy binary homosexual/heterosexual relate to prior formulations like ''sexual inversion'' and ''sodomy''? What half does literature play within the improvement of such different types, or in a culture's resistance to them? And what are the consequences for the construction and upkeep of the presumed ''natural'' male heterosexual topic? How has male heterosexual subjectivity been confirmed as a bulwark opposed to the points of interest of a gay hope that's again and again incited through the very tradition that condemns it? Craft examines the discourses of nineteenth-century psychiatry and sexology; a few of Freud's significant writings; and Tennyson's In Memoriam, Wilde's The value of Being Earnest, Stoker's Dracula, and Lawrence's ladies In Love.
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William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, vol. 4, Of Public Wrongs (Oxford, 1769), 215; I have used the University of Chicago facsimile edition (Chicago, 1979); Edward Hyde East, A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown, (Philadelphia, 1806), 480. Pierre Klossowski, “The Philosopher-Villain,” in Sade My Neighbor, trans. , 1991), 32. , 1981), 80. , 80. , 78. Ed Cohen, “Legislating the Norm: From Sodomy to Gross Indecency,” South Atlantic Quarterly 88, no. 1 (1989): 181–217. Edward Coke, The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England (1644; London, 1809), 58–59.
A male’s desire for another male, for instance, is from the beginning assumed to be a feminine desire referable not to the sex of the body (virili corpore) but rather to an occulted “psychic function” controlled by the “opposite” gender (anima muliebris). Desire is thus always already enlisted under the regime of heterogender—to want a male cannot not be a feminine desire, and vice versa; and the body, having become an unreliable signifier, ceases to represent the invisible truth of desire, which itself never escapes heterosexual configuration.
1992), 18. Goldberg’s study was published after the composition and revision of the present chapter, and I have made no attempt to integrate my argument with Goldberg’s. I am, however, happy to agree with Goldberg that the disciplinary efficiency of the category “sodomy” derived in part from its semantic plasticity, not to say its vacuousness. My account of the Audley trial is derived from A Complete Collection of State-Trials and Proceedings for High-Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Reign of King Richard II to the End of the Reign of King George I, 2 vols.