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Repräsentationen der Sexualpathologie im frühen 20. Jahrhundert
Reading Promiscuity and Race in the Secular Love Tradition
The Emergence of Gay Identity and the Novels of Pierre Loti
New Approaches to a Fundamental Cultural-Historical and Literary-Anthropological Theme

polysemous literary se- mantics and a pluralist postcolonial feminist theory. 1. Feminine sexuality and literary semantics I begin with a brusque pair of questions: one, what exactly—if anything—do we understand by that over-worked phrase “feminine/female sexuality”? Two, what sense—if any—can the set of practices we call literary semantics help us make of the fundamental trope of sexuality in literature? To begin with the ob- vious: most 20th century critical commentary emanating from “the West” and concentrating mainly on male representations of women in Western

, 217– 18, 225, 235, 258n10, 260n39. See also tone Renouard, Madeleine, 81, 287n19 representation, 260n37; of interiority, 113– 15, 118, 119; of misfit counterpublics, 170, 172; and pragmatic evocation, 21– 22, 78– 81, 106– 7, 109, 123– 24, 126, 140, 217– 18; of sexuality in literature, 8– 9, 15, 20, 68, 83, 125, 129, 134, 137, 169, 186, 268n14. See also denotation Rimbaud, Arthur, 72– 73 Rire, Le, 16 Romains, Jules, 70 Rousseaux, André, 73 Royer, Louis- Charles, 32, 262n69 Rumsey, Alan, 142 Sachs, Maurice, 72, 176, 184 same- sex sexuality: global discourses of

. Additionally, the topic of female sexuality in literature has intersected with the role as social critics to which most Latin American novelists ascribe, and thus gives its readers a new and significant per- spective on gender debates and literary feminism in contemporary Latin America. This literary history, while fascinating and illuminating, is largely untold. My forthcoming book, Women’s Dangerous Desires, cannot remedy this lack, either. I hope that its in- depth examination of selected transitional novels in which this ‘change of weapons’ can be observed, and a

), 52 Virginity Debates (shojo ronsō), 52–53 Virgin (shojo), 26, 51–54, 172n49, 172n52 “Wakaki sedai e no ren’ai ron” (Theories on love for the young generation) (Miyamoto), 103 Wanderer, 125–27 Wanderer’s Poems (Hōrōsha no shi) (Takamure), 126 Watakushi shōsetsu. See I-novels The Well of Loneliness (Hall), 56, 57 West: adolescent sexuality in literature of, 38; concept of love as from, 3, 8–9; fairytale trope in, 43; as norm, 6, 131–32; opposition to, 112, 115, 130–33, 138, 186n18, 186n20; self- development in literature in, 2; sex- ology in, 25–26, 56 Wheel

the most influential ideological sources of this emancipatory project was Wilhelm Reich's The Sexual Revolution [English copyright 1945, 1962; originally published in different form under the title Die Sexualität im Kulturkampf (Kopenhagen: Sexpol, 1936)]. 3 See the first chapter of Reich, The Sexual Revolution. 4 Philip Larkin, "High Windows", in Collected Poems, ed. Anthony Thwaite (London: The Marvell Press, 1989), 165,11. 1-4, 17-20. 5 Compare the euphoric concluding remarks of a study on sexuality in literature from the early 1980s [Maurice Chamey

them print pieces by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs in the Chicago Review.37 These Jewish lower-court judges were hardly alone in countering the suppression of literature under the charge of obscenity and in lay- ing the groundwork in precedent and legal theory for a First Amend- ment defense of the representation of sexuality in literature and art. Non-Jewish judges including Learned Hand, Augustus Hand, and John Woolsey also contributed influentially to this tradition, as did non-Jew- ish legal scholars including Theodore Schroeder, Zechariah Chafee, Jr