Homosexual Desire

Homosexual Desire Originally published in in France Guy Hocquenghem s Homosexual Desire has become a classic in gay theory Translated into English for the first time in and out of print since the early s

  • Title: Homosexual Desire
  • Author: Guy Hocquenghem Daniella Dangoor
  • ISBN: 9780822313847
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally published in 1972 in France, Guy Hocquenghem s Homosexual Desire has become a classic in gay theory Translated into English for the first time in 1978 and out of print since the early 1980s, this new edition, with an introduction by Michael Moon, will make available this vital and still relevant work to contemporary audiences Integrating psychoanalytic and MarOriginally published in 1972 in France, Guy Hocquenghem s Homosexual Desire has become a classic in gay theory Translated into English for the first time in 1978 and out of print since the early 1980s, this new edition, with an introduction by Michael Moon, will make available this vital and still relevant work to contemporary audiences Integrating psychoanalytic and Marxist theory, this book describes the social and psychic dynamics of what has come to be called homophobia and on how the homosexual as social being has come to be constituted in capitalist society.Significant as one of the earliest products of the international gay liberation movement, Hocquenghem s work was influenced by the extraordinary energies unleashed by the political upheavals of both the Paris May Days of 1968 and the gay and lesbian political rebellions that occurred in cities around the world in the wake of New York s Stonewall riots of June 1969.Drawing on the theoretical work of Gilles Deleuze and F lix Guattari and on the shattering effects of innumerable gay comings out, Hocquenghem critiqued the influential models of the psyche and sexual desire derived from Lacan and Freud The author also addressed the relation of capitalism to sexualities, the dynamics of anal desire, and the political effects of gay group identities.Homosexual Desire remains an exhilarating analysis of capitalist societies pervasive fascination with, and violent fear of, same sex desire and addresses issues that continue to be highly charged and productive ones for queer politics.

    One thought on “Homosexual Desire”

    1. comme c’était rafraîchissant de lire un texte sur la vie/la culture gaies qui n’était pas basé dans le contexte anglo-américain!

    2. Three stars because I could barely understand it (not the fault of the author), but the points I did understand were great!

    3. In his polemical 1978 (English translation) Homosexual Desire, Guy Hocquenghem makes the case that society hates the homosexual, that there is something about him that disturbs society (49). However, this is interesting, because there is no homosexual desire — that is, desire is multiple and not directed toward men or women simply (49-50). Society becomes paranoid about the homosexual, "suffer[ing:] from an interpretive delusion which leads it to discover all around it the signs of a homosexua [...]

    4. An excellent text in queer/gay theory exploring the resistance and difference that homosexual desire produces in relation (or distinction) to the traditional Oedipal structuring of the family unit that also structures most social 'discursive' spaces (politics, education, economics, etc.). If Deleuze and Guattari are a little too inaccessible this text works with similar themes, has just as much punch, and is more stylistically accessible.

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