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Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault

Jonathan Dollimore


Why is homosexuality socially marginal yet symbolically central? Why, in other words, is it so strangely integral to the very societies which obsessively denounce it, and why is it history, rather than human nature, which has produced this paradoxical position? These are just some of the questions explored in this wide-ranging study of sexual dissidence which returns to the early modern period in order to focus, question, and develop issues of postmodernity. In the process, it links writers as diverse as William Shakespeare, André Gide, Oscar Wilde, and Jean Genet, and cultural critics as diff ... More

Keywords: homosexuality, sexual dissidence, postmodernity, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, perversion, Sigmund Freud, gender, psychoanalysis, cultural materialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Dollimore, author
University of Sussex

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