In looking at Light in August, I want to return briefly to Sedgwick's construction of homosexual panic
because of its inevitable connection with and to violence.
According to Sedgwick, homosexual panic
arises when the intense male social bonds that male entitlement demands become difficult to distinguish from the "most reprobated bonds" of homosexuality.
Or is homosexual panic
when you're at the dyke bar and you see a gorgeous girl across the room, but you're having a bad hair day, and things haven't been going well at work, and your self esteem is kind of in the toilet, and you're dying to talk to her, maybe even buy her a beer, but you can't think of anything witty or charming to say, and you spend the next hour working up the nerve to actually walk across the dark, strobe lit, smoky bar when some other dyke approaches her, throws an arm over her shoulder casually, makes her laugh, asks her to dance and you watch them out there on the dance floor, the two of them.
6) His defense strategy was to shift focus away from the first-degree murder charge by introducing elements of homosexual panic
This cultural disease appears briefly but often: in the love on the football field and the homosexual panic
of the embracing crowds of Promise Keepers; in Hobson's ambivalent representation of homosexuality in Consenting Adult (1975), which depicts a mother's conflict about and with her gay son; in Garber's coy references to Laurence Olivier's sexual ambiguity.
Inevitably such a short study must be selective about its chosen texts and Washington concentrates his attention on 'Daisy Miller', where he finds evidence of suppressed homosexual panic
in the narrator and proposes that 'implicitly, Daisy's archetypal whiteness is defined against its archetypal opposite, blackness' (p.
Gay victims are accused of provoking their own attack and acquittals are often gained through the homosexual panic
I propose, then, an extension of Koestenbaum's project, believing that what Magnuson -- with Harold Bloom's "anxiety of influence" in mind -- calls Wordsworth's and Coleridge's "fears about amalgamation" (3-4) begs further exploration in terms of Dollimore's perverse dynamic and Sedgwick's paradigm of homosocial male bonding, homosexual panic
, and homophobic flight and vengeful pursuit (1-5, 89).
Quentin is unwilling to openly characterize Bon as a homosexual or to create an alternative narrative in which Henry murders Bon in a fit of homosexual panic
This collection profitably uses queer theory to illuminate the colonial narrative and the situation of colonizer and subject, often drawing on Homi Bhabha's work on mimicry, Eve Sedgwick's work on the homosocial and on homosexual panic
, and Christopher Lane's work in The Ruling Passion: British Colonial Allegory and the Paradox of Homosexual Desire.
Within this structure, his chapter on the fifties is strongest, particularly his work on the homosexual panic
that accompanied Joe McCarthy's communist witch hunts.
After World War II, the pop-psychological concepts and conditions of acting out, homosocial double bind, homosexual panic
, and latent homosexuality were among the inoculative measures taken in against the breakdowns, ultimately, of war neurosis.
With Will & Grace having tasted top-ten success and big corporate sponsors not only endorsing gay charities but pulling away from declared enemies of our consistently more visible community, the cultural trendsetters within our ranks may have good reason to fly into their own version of homosexual panic
Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1899) and Henry James's The Beast in the Jungle (1902) were published within the same three-year span, and both fall historically into the cultural context characterized by what Eve Sedgwick has termed "male homosexual panic
The homosexual panic
defense maintains that there exists a certain distinct minority of men who become so threatened by a homosexual advance that they panic, enter a psychotic phase and can't be held fully responsible for their violent (re)actions.