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The Explanation for Everything: Essays on Sexual Subjectivity (Sexual Cultures)

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"The claim 'I'm straight' is the psychosexual analogue of 'The check is in the mail': if you need to say it, your credit or creditability is already in doubt." So begins Paul Morrison's dazzling polemic, which takes as its point of departure Foucault's famous remark that sex is "the explanation for everything."

Combining psychoanalytic, literary, and queer theory, The Explanation for Everything seeks to account for the explanatory power attributed to homosexuality, and its relationship to compulsory heterosexuality. In the process, Morrison presents a scathing indictment of psychoanalysis and its impact on the study of sexuality. In bold but graceful leaps, Morrison applies his critique to a diversity of examples: subjectivity in Oscar Wilde, the cultural construction and reception of AIDS, the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, the practice of bodybuilding, and the contemporary reception of the sexual politics of fascism.

Analytical, witty and astute, The Explanation for Everything will challenge and amuse, establishing Paul Morrison as one of our most exciting cultural critics.

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The title's irony is reiterated in the first chapter, which concludes: "Homosexuality, the explanation for everything politically and ethically aberrant. Determination, in the last instance, by the deviant." Morrison (English, Brandeis U.) combines psychoanalytic, literary, and queer theory, and applies his critique to a diversity of examples, as he delves into deep currents of cultural attitudes.
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Combining psychoanalytic, literary, and queer theory, "The Explanation for Everything" seeks to account for the explanatory power attributed to homosexuality, and its relationship to compulsory heterosexuality. In the process, Morrison presents a scathing indictment of psychoanalysis and its impact on the study of sexuality. In bold but graceful leaps, Morrison applies his critique to a diversity of examples: subjectivity in Oscar Wilde, the cultural construction and reception of AIDS, the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, the practice of bodybuilding, and the contemporary reception of the sexual politics of fascism.

About the Author

Paul Morrison is an associate Professor of English at Brandeis University. He is the author of The Poetics of Fascism: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and Paul de Man>.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814756744
Author:
Morrison, Paul
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
Cherry, Robert
Location:
New York
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Homosexuality in literature
Subject:
Homosexuality in art
Subject:
Heterosexuality
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Gay and lesbian studies
Subject:
Cultural Studies
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Sexual Cultures Ser.
Series Volume:
no. 17
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
205
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Combining psychoanalytic, literary, and queer theory, "The Explanation for Everything" seeks to account for the explanatory power attributed to homosexuality, and its relationship to compulsory heterosexuality. In the process, Morrison presents a scathing indictment of psychoanalysis and its impact on the study of sexuality. In bold but graceful leaps, Morrison applies his critique to a diversity of examples: subjectivity in Oscar Wilde, the cultural construction and reception of AIDS, the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, the practice of bodybuilding, and the contemporary reception of the sexual politics of fascism.
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