Ross has written of his belief that white queer theory is suffering from what he calls "claustrophilia
" which he describes as "a fixation on the closet function as the grounding principle for sexual experience, knowledge, and politics" (2005:162).
: Abnormal pleasure derived from being in a confined space ie, "His claustrophilia
was overwhelming - he'd shut himself away in cluttered cupboards and stay in the lift for hours on end."
But this slender, be-pimpled "Beseiged" is only haft-convincing, and even less engaging, as 14-year-old Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) and his young-adult junkie half-sister Olivia (Tea Falco) embrace the "claustrophilia
"--as Bertolucci calls it--of a week spent hiding from the cruel world.
He had never accessed so-called "claustrophilia
" sites which cater for people who get a thrill out of being confined in small spaces.
She dismissed speculation that Mr Williams died as a result of some kind of "auto-erotic activity", also denying there was any evidence to suggest claustrophilia
- the love of enclosed spaces - was of any interest to him.
For a fuller discussion of the fragility of this graphic distinction, see my remarks on the Old French life of Marina, a cross-dressing saint, in Claustrophilia
: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature (New York: Palgrave, 2007), esp.
It is a period of "somatic precariousness" (1) in which the inherited cosmic openness of the body gives way to a new "claustrophilia
" (7), or walling-in of the psychophysical body.
, which seems in some ways to work at cross-purposes with the celebration of nature, lends a special emotional charge to many of the novel's settings and even to the images of extreme enclosure in Edward's extravagant metaphors for Ethel: "She was to him as a jewel (yet sweeter and lovelier than any gem) shut up in a casket, of which he alone possessed the key--as a pearl, of whose existence an Indian diver is aware, beneath the waves of ocean, deep buried from every other eye" (222).