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Feminism, Manhood, and Homosexuality

Intersections in Psychoanalysis and American Poetry

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William Patrick Jeffs

Although scholarship in feminist theory, men’s studies, gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, and queer theory often intersect, the relationships among these disciplines remain complex and often antagonistic. This book posits a linkage between these disciplines, analyzing how five American writers – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Allen Ginsberg, and Adrienne Rich – correlate issues of sexuality and gender by demonstrating that these concepts are linguistic, economic, and political constructions. This discussion and an analysis of Sigmund Freud’s theories provide scholars from these disparate disciplines with common ground to share and common space to pursue.