Thus, cross-dressing is, rather than a sign of abnormal psychosexuality
, an empowering strategy in Farewell My Concubine and M.
Was he heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, or simply struggling with psychosexuality
and the problem of Mabel?
Not only do Freud's accounts of "normal femininity" need to be dismantled; so too do the various psychoanalytic assumptions that "take as given a psychosexuality
of normal heterosexual development in which deviation from this norm needs explanation but norm-following does not." Psychoanalysis lacks any real developmental account of "normal" heterosexuality and any means by which to distinguish it from homosexuality, perversion, or any other sexual outcome.
Benstock continues by reminding us that these unconventional signifiers mark for the French theorists the "vanishing point of meaning," and by combining this observation with Derrida's practice of focusing attention on those same textual elements that have traditionally been regarded as habitual and insignificant - "ancillary to structures of meaning," as she writes - Benstock is able to formulate the first problem of her inquiry: "The immediate problem is how the psyche textualizes the female body as the repressed ground of unconscious representations and how literary texts figure the female body to represent psychosexuality
When writing Hemingway's Fetishism, I almost entirely missed this facet of Hemingway's psychosexuality
; nonetheless, Fantina's recent article squares well with my thesis.
For example, some of the developmental lines are cognition, object relations, morality, role taking, interpersonal, psychosexuality
, affect, creativity, altruism, needs, spirituality, and worldview.
"Putting Audience in Its Place: Psychosexuality
and Perspective Shifts in The Awakening." American Literary Realism 23 (1990): 61-69.
"A Matter of Love or Death: Hemingway's Developing Psychosexuality
in For Whorn the Bell Tolls." Studies in the Novel 36.2 (Summer 2004): 170-184.
Duggun was looking for a simile for mute feminine sorrow; the languages of the poem oversupplied her with a through-road into the psychosexuality
of female experience.
In part, it reflects a general surge of interest in gender within academic circles, particularly in relation to feminist concerns about the psychosexuality