Sexuality and the Reading Encounter: Identity and Desire in Proust, Duras, Tournier, and Cixous by Emma WilsonSexuality and the Reading Encounter: Identity and Desire in Proust, Duras, Tournier, and Cixous by Emma Wilson

Sexuality and the Reading Encounter: Identity and Desire in Proust, Duras, Tournier, and Cixous

byEmma Wilson

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Can fictions of desire determine real pleasures? Do texts regulate the performance of our sexual identities? In Sexuality and the Reading Encounter, Emma Wilson offers a new account of the intimate relations between reading, identity and identification. Interweaving theoretical debate withanalysis of texts by Proust, Duras, Tournier and Cixous, her study reveals the formative potential and transferential pleasures of the reading encounter. Drawing on an understanding of identity as performative, alienated and fictitious, this study argues that the fictions we read act as mirrors and decoys displaying seductive images of intelligible sexual identities. The texts chosen for discussion here draw attention to the strategies by whichidentity is constructed textually. They work thus to frame the reading encounter and to highlight its formative power. In analysis of these texts, this study works to cut across the axes of homosexuality and heterosexuality, offering an alternative focus on the independence of fantasy andidentity.
Emma Wilson is at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
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Title:Sexuality and the Reading Encounter: Identity and Desire in Proust, Duras, Tournier, and CixousFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Can fictions of desire determine real pleasures? Do texts regulate the performance of our sexual identities? In Sexuality and the Reading Encounter Emma Wilson offers a new account of the intimate relations between reading, identity, and identification. Interweaving theoretical debate with analysis of texts by Proust, Duras, Tournier, and Cixous, her study reveals the formative potential and transferential pleasures of the reading encounter. Drawing on an understanding of identity as performative, alienated and fictitious, this study argues that the fictions we read act as mirrors and decoys displaying seductive images of intelligible sexual identities. The texts chosen for discussion here draw attention to the strategies by which identity is constructed textually. They work thus to frame the reading encounter and to highlight its formative power. In analysis of these texts, this study works to cut across the axes of homosexuality and heterosexuality, offering an alternative focus on the interdependence of identity and fantasy.

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`Wilson's use of Butler's rereading of Lacan to describe the formative and yet not normative power of certain fictions over their readers is thoroughly convincing. Her prose style in rich and precise. ... The book is impeccably researched and written with evidently painstaking care. It shouldsignificantly advance debate about the intertwining of reading, desire, and identity in French fiction since modernism, and should be on the reading lists of all undergraduates following courses that include the texts and authors on which it focuses.'MLR, 92.3, 1997