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Lost Causes: Narrative, Etiology, and Queer Theory

Valerie Rohy


This project stages a polemical intervention in the discourse that grounds queer civil rights in etiology—that is, in the cause of homosexuality, whether choice, “recruitment,” or biology. Reading etiology as a narrative form, political strategy, and hermeneutic method in American and British literature and popular culture, it argues that today’s gay arguments for biological determinism accept their opponents’ paranoia about what I call “homosexual reproduction”—that is, nonsexual forms of queer increase—preventing more complex ways of considering sexuality and causality. This study combines l ... More

Keywords: queer theory, American literature, British literature, psychoanalytic theory, causality (or etiology)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199340194
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199340194.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valerie Rohy, author
The University of Vermont