• Reading Miller’s "Numinous Cock": Heterosexist Presumption and Queerings of the Censored Text

    Author(s):
    James Gifford (see profile)
    Date:
    2008
    Group(s):
    CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American, TC Sexuality Studies
    Subject(s):
    American literature, Literary theory, Literature, Modern literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6RP5R
    Abstract:
    Henry Miller has been repeatedly portrayed as the epitome of stereotypical Western masculine heterosexuality and most forcefully so in queer readings of Tropic of Cancer. I contend something different. Despite scholarly failures to notice the overtly queer content of the novel and (even more provocatively) despite queerings of the text that oddly reinforce heterosexist presumption, Miller explicitly endorses and implicates himself in discourses of queerness. This article interrogates the tension between stable and unstable identities in theories of sexualities, primarily using “queerings” of Miller as a case study.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Publisher:
    ACCUTE: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
    Journal:
    ESC: English Studies in Canada
    Volume:
    34
    Issue:
    2-3
    Start Page:
    49
    End Page:
    70
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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