By assessing Stephen's masturbating, punished, and artistic hand in Joyce's text as instances of the polymorphous perverse
, I conclude by arguing that it is in the objectless self-reflexivity of art that Stephen's most productive form of prehensile perversity might be deemed possible.
Part three proceeds from the question of transgressive sexuality, making use of Sigmund Freud's theory of polymorphous perverse
tendencies, Julia Kristeva's theory of ideality as malady in adolescence, and Judith Butler's expansion of both Freud and Kristeva in her relation between melancholia and the desire for recognition.
The five remaining partially colored drawings on canvas were offbeat, polymorphous perverse
variations on Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continui ty in Space, 1913, executed in a style that might have had a precedent had Sophie Taeuber-Arp ever been invited to fill in for Chic Young as illustrator of the Blondie comic strip.
Not far beneath this book's extraordinarily sophisticated surface lurks a romanticism reminiscent of the 1960s, celebrating the polymorphous perverse
and imaging that making love--really making love--might put a terminus to making war.
And it is in this exploration of human potency by both of the characters that Puig injects the concept of the polymorphous perverse
into the relationship between Valentin and Molina, with Valentin permitting Molina to bathe him after the diarrhea and Molina permitting Valentin to make love to him, what Elisabeth Badinter (1995) calls "an act of pure tenderness" (p.