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Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire
     

Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire

by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Nancy K. Miller (Editor), Carolyn G. Heilbrun (Editor)
 

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Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most influential texts in gender studies, men's studies and gay studies," this book uncovers the homosocial desire between men, from Restoration comedies to Tennyson's Princess.

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Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most influential texts in gender studies, men's studies and gay studies," this book uncovers the homosocial desire between men, from Restoration comedies to Tennyson's Princess.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone
Universally cited as the text that ignited gay studies.
Voice Literary Supplement
"In many ways, the book that turned queer theory from a latent to a manifest discipline."
Gay Community News
"Astoshingly powerful... Its insights are breathtaking and its careful attention to history, theory, and politics is exemplary."
Raritan
"Stunning and original readings."
From the Publisher
Praise for the first edition:

"One of the most influential texts in gender studies, men's studies and gay studies."Catharine R. Stimpson, New York Times Book Review

"Universally cited as the text that ignited gay studies."—Rolling Stone

"In many ways, the book that turned queer theory from a latent to a manifest discipline."—Voice Literary Supplement

"Between Men not only transforms our interpretations of a number of beloved literary texts but begins to change our archetypes of reading as well."—Comparative Literature

"Substantial and exhilarating... not least in [Sedgwick's] combination of feminist, psychoanalytic, and cultural or Marxist modes of criticism."—Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"Sedgwick offers us a dazzling illumination of how, in a homophobic world where homosocial desire bonds men together, their desire for each other must be manifested across the body of the woman they both claim to love. We learn what are the dynamics when two men love one woman, a triangle that occurs with surprising frequency in our literature. Clever, shocking, and probably irrefutable, Between Men is also wonderfully readable."—Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Page-Turner blog, The New Yorker - Jane Hu
Groundbreaking.... Between Men not only put Sedgwick on the map as a queer theorist, it helped to establish the field of queer literary analysis.
Slate - J. Bryan Lowder
Strikingly relevant now.
From the foreword by Wayne Koestenbaum
Between Men will lead you into the small corners where vast plains open up—the perspective-defying, vertiginous angles that Sedgwick has the power to reveal with a density and graciousness that permit exaltation and inaugurate utopia.
New York Times Book Review
One of the most influential texts in gender studies, men's studies and gay studies.
Comparative Literature
Between Men not only transforms our interpretations of a number of beloved literary texts but begins to change our archetypes of reading as well.

Journal of English and Germanic Philology
Substantial and exhilarating... not least in [Sedgwick's] combination of feminist, psychoanalytic, and cultural or Marxist modes of criticism.

Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Sedgwick offers us a dazzling illumination of how, in a homophobic world where homosocial desire bonds men together, their desire for each other must be manifested across the body of the woman they both claim to love. We learn what are the dynamics when two men love one woman, a triangle that occurs with surprising frequency in our literature. Clever, shocking, and probably irrefutable, Between Men is also wonderfully readable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231082730
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/13/1993
Series:
Gender and Culture Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Catharine R. Stimpson
"One of the most influential texts in gender studies, men's studies and gay studies."

Meet the Author

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is the author of Tendencies, The Coherence of Gothic Conventions, and Epistemology of the Closet.

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