English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire
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.
Universally cited as the text that ignited gay studies.
"In many ways, the book that turned queer theory from a latent to a manifest discipline."
"Astoshingly powerful... Its insights are breathtaking and its careful attention to history, theory, and politics is exemplary."
"Stunning and original readings."
Introductioni. Homosocial Desireii. Sexual Politics and Sexual Meaningiii. Sex or History?iv. What This Book Does1. Gender Asymmetry and Erotic Triangles2. Swan in Love: The Example of Shakespeare's Sonnets3. The Country Wife: Anatomies of Male Homosocial Desire4. A Sentimental Journey: Sexualism and the Citizen of the World5. Toward the Gothic: Terrorism and Homosexual Panic6. Murder Incorporated: Confessions of a Justified Sinner7. Tennyson's Princess: One Bride for Seven Brothers8. Adam Bede and Henry Esmond: Homosocial Desire and the Historicity of the Female9. Homophobia, Misogyny, and Capital: The Example of Our Mutual Friend10. Up the Postern Stair: Edwin Drood and the Homophobia of EmpireCoda: Toward the Twentieth Century: English Readers of Whitman