Victorian and Edwardian Britain is a particularly relevant site for the study of these processes in the sense that the new medical and ethical "knowledge" about "homosexuality" is diffused Within a strongly homosocial
society, thus threatening and bringing into question, perhaps to a greater extent than elsewhere, previously accepted emotional bonds, especially those between young men.
In following chapters, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner are viewed through Eve Sedgewick to explain how male anxiety keeps reappearing when the homosocial
team tries to displace it by triangulating with the audience.
Pynchon's short stories articulate the radical disruption that Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick finds between homosocial
bonding and homosexual genital activity.
By this time an important synchronicity has been established between Corky and Violet: Corky did five years in prison, Violet has done five years with Caesar in the "family business." Both have occupied homosocial
spaces: Corky in the Watering Hole and prison and Violet in the almost exclusively male mob family business, but this synchronicity is one Violet embraces and Corky disavows.
Quinn begins with a brief survey of recent lesbian and gay histories, then establishes his focus on the "homosocial
" and "homocultural," the dynamic of single-sex relations which are intense and intimate but which do not necessarily involve homoerotic interest or desire.
'Winckelmann's Progeny: Homosocial
Networking in the Eighteenth Century' makes apparent 'the contours of an explicitly homosocial
and homoerotic Goethezeit' (p.
Also included are Harry Berger's questioning of the nature of art's ability to represent the 'truth', 'The Mirror Stage of Colin Clout', and, Jonathan Goldberg's excellent Lacanian essay on the homosocial
and homoerotic politics of the poem, 'Spenser's Familiar Letters'.
Sussman finds (as he must) a 'tension in bourgeois masculinity between the homosocial
and the heterosexual' (p.
Although homosexuality is mentioned briefly, it is treated in typical homophobic terms as antithetical to the homosocial
bonding of compadrazgo.
However, while in Sedgwick's texts women served as conduits for what she christened 'homosocial
desire', Hart interprets these plays as going yet further by eliminating women through the virtually inevitable murder or suicide of the heroine.
One laments that she follows recent custom in "verbing" nouns (for example, "to gender") and inventing words (such as "homosocial
"--what is wrong with "all male" or "single-sex"?).
In the post-Foucauldian wake of scholarship like Eve Sedgwick's Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial
Desire, it would seem that hidden sexuality lurks just about everywhere.