By Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Hailed by way of the New York Times as "one of the main influential texts in gender stories, men's experiences and homosexual studies," this publication uncovers the homosocial hope among males, from recovery comedies to Tennyson's Princess.

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139) —not, in short, to have even a primer to the language of worldliness in this work except insofar as it is purely self-reflexive—what we lose in these great blanks is not "the man Shakespeare," or his age, but much of the texture, the proportions, the syntax, the rhetoric, of a mercurial and obsessive meditation on sexual politics. , the genital allegory). Gender and genitals we have always with us; but "family," "sexuality," "masculine," "feminine," "power," "career," "privacy," "desire," the meanings and sub- stance of gender and genitals, are embodied in times and institutions, literature among them.

The sea, all water, yet receives rain still, And in abundance addeth to his store; So thou being rich in will add to thy will One will of mine, to make thy large will more. Let no unkind, no fair besccchers kill; Think all but one, and me in that one will. If thy soul check thee that I come so near, Swear to thy blind soul that I was thy will, And will thy soul knows is admitted there; Thus far for love my love-suit sweet fulfil. Will will fulfill the treasure of thy love, Ay fill it full with wills, and my will one.

5 Thus, like Freud's "heterosexual" in Richard Klein's account, Lévi-Strauss's normative man uses a woman as a "conduit of a relationship" in which the true partner is a man. ó Rejecting Lévi-Strauss's celebratory treatment of this relegation of women, Rubin offers, instead, an array of tools for specifying and analyzing it. Luce Irigaray has used the Lévi-Straussian description of the traffic in women to make a resounding though expensive leap of register in her discussion of the relation of heterosexual to male homosocial bonds.

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