So, while Melia (and today's audiences) may doubt the genuineness of Zephyrus's feelings for her, the Salzburg audience of 1767 would have seen it as underscoring the societal view that all men could easily change from homoerotic to heteroerotic
Gray shows that both the history of illustrations and modern criticism "tend automatically to describe any sensual element in the poem as heteroerotic
," even though "in the poem's most sensuous moments when the speaker begins to picture actual erotic contact, the figures involved are once again all implicitly male" (pp.
While acknowledging these heteroerotic
endeavors, Margaret Forster paints a queer picture of the Bonnie Prince, affirming that "Charles' attitude to marriage had always been unconventional in that he never seemed to find it inevitable.
If "Endymion" is a meditation on the nature of beauty and heteroerotic
desire, Bashir's "The Radiation of Whiteness," then, queers Keats's Western (read white) and heterocentric notions of beauty and love.
Rather than read, for example, the narrator as simply stopping his back-gazing blazoning of Leander's body as evidence of the narrator's refusal to champion consummation and sexual possessiveness, Bromley's evidence underscores how thoroughly Marlowe's poem teases (invigorates, even as it protests otherwise) with sodomitical texts and acts that repeatedly disrupt the consummative heteroerotic
As the Introduction boldly states: "one of the implications of [this] work is that narrative 'history' necessarily partakes of the same culturally created connections to patriarchal, heteroerotic
masculinity as all narratives, and needs to be radically reconceived if it is really to represent other positions" (2).
The Code didn't stop with suppressing all depictions of homosexuality--but of course there was that--but was so broad and sweeping as to censor almost anything that could be perceived as sexually suggestive or illicit, including heteroerotic
representations or innuendoes.
There is absolutely no need to downplay the sexual character of the homoerotic and heteroerotic
encounters or the deep love between Gilgames and Enkidu; the question is, rather, whether the concept of homosexuality is at all meaningful as an interpretative tool here.
Because Wollstonecraft views heteroerotic
passion as always already implicated in the reproduction of sexual inequality for women, her envisioning of a version of masculine behavior focused on socially-oriented benevolence necessarily relocates the foundation of that "glorious lust of doing good" someplace other than in male heterosexual passion.
Moreover, pansexuality includes heteroerotic
and homoerotic play
Assuming a male desiring subject, the text explicitly contrasts what we might call the homoerotic and the heteroerotic
, focusing on and preferring the former.
Homoerotic escapades are surprisingly well-represented in this collection of mostly heteroerotic