Queer writing: Homoeroticism in Jean Genet's fiction

Stephens, Elizabeth (2007). Queer writing: Homoeroticism in Jean Genet's fiction. In James Day (Ed.), Queer sexualities in French and Francophone literature and film (pp. 129-144) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Editions Rodopi.

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Author Stephens, Elizabeth
Title of chapter Queer writing: Homoeroticism in Jean Genet's fiction
Title of book Queer sexualities in French and Francophone literature and film
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Editions Rodopi
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series French Literature Series
ISBN 978-90-420-2265-2; 9042022655;
ISSN 0271-6607
Editor James Day
Volume number 34
Chapter number 10
Start page 129
End page 144
Total pages 16
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subjects 420206 French
420303 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
780107 Studies in human society
Formatted Abstract/Summary
While previous criticism of Jean Genet's fiction, particularly that undertaken within the context of GLBTQ studies, has concentrated predominantly on the autobiographical framework of his narratives, this study will offer new critical approaches to Genet's homoerotic writing that do not rely on traditional notions of authorial intention. The concept of homoerotic writing elaborated in Genet's narratives, this study argues, demonstrates how attempts to inscribe sexual specificity need not be framed as the direct expression of a stable, intending sexual subject. Attention to this widely overlooked aspect of Genet's work has a potentially important contribution to make to contemporary GLBTQ criticism in that it thinks through what a specifically queer writing might be, neither naturalising nor negating the role of the writing subject, and emphatically resisting not only a simplistic identification of the writing subject with the text produced, but also the erasure of that subject from the scene of the text.

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Additional Notes Presented at: French Literature Conference on Queer Sexualities in French and Francophone Literature and Film, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, MAR 24-25, 2006

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