Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault

Paperback | August 1, 1991

byJonathan Dollimore

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This wide-ranging study of sexual dissidence returns to the early modern period in order to focus, question, and develop issues of postmodernity, in the process brilliantly linking writers as diverse as Shakespeare, Gide, Wilde, and Genet, and cultural critics as different as Augustine, Freud,Fanon, Foucault, and Monique Wittig. The book shows how the literature, histories, and sub-cultures of sexual and gender dissidence prove remarkably illuminating for current debates on literary theory, psychoanalysis, and cultural materialism. Central topics include homophobia, the gay sensibility, transvestite literature in theculture and theatre of Renaissance England, homosexuality, and race.

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This wide-ranging study of sexual dissidence returns to the early modern period in order to focus, question, and develop issues of postmodernity, in the process brilliantly linking writers as diverse as Shakespeare, Gide, Wilde, and Genet, and cultural critics as different as Augustine, Freud,Fanon, Foucault, and Monique Wittig. The b...

Jonathan Dollimore is at University of Sussex.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:August 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198112696

ISBN - 13:9780198112693

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'With its astonishing erudition - literary, theological and psychoanalytic - it provides a suitable founding text for the pioneering Master's degree in 'Sexual Dissidence' which its author, with Alan Sinfield, has introduced at Sussex University. It makes a new and major contribution to thestudy of gay and lesbian identities, whether conceived as 'truly perverse' or as 'perversely normal'.'Lynne Segal, Women: a cultural review, Vol. 3, No. 1. 1992