By Eve Sedgwick

Hailed through the hot York occasions as "one of the main influential texts in gender stories, men's reviews and homosexual studies," this e-book uncovers the homosocial hope among males, from recovery comedies to Tennyson's Princess.

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The other symmetry, which is writ so large in the onnets as to be almost invisible, is between the first group, where the weaker is pleading with the fair youth to put an end to his celibacy and nter the heterosexual order, and the last group, where the speaker is bunged into torment by the fair youth's heterosexual involvement with he speaker's mistress. To what extent does the final configuration of youth/lady supply an echoing answer, even if a cruelly ironic or acurate one, to the demands the poet makes of the fair youth in the first -roup of sonnets?

All love's loving parts," the "trophies of my lovers gone," live "hung," "buried," "hidden" in the fair youth; Their images I loved I view in thee, And thou, all they, hast all the all of me. (31) The value of the youth is increased by his power to attract and concentrate the love of other men; it is attractive, not incriminating, for a man to possess a "lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell" (5). The hating lines about the dark lady in 137, in the catastrophic denouement after the "Will" sonnets, are a damned and damning echo of that bland "lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell," however: If eyes corrupt by over-partial looks Be anchored in the bay where all men ride, Why of eyes' falsehood hast thou forged hooks, Whereto the judgement of my heart is tied?

These include control over the means of production and reproduction of goods, persons, and meanings. So that Girard's account, which thinks it is describing a dialectic of power abstracted from either the male/female c: the sexual/nonsexual dichotomies, is leaving out of consideration categories that in fact preside over the distribution of power in every known society. And because the distribution of power according to these dichotomies is not and possibly cannot be symmetrical, the hidden symmetricthat Girard's triangle helps us discover will always in turn discover hidden obliquities.

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