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Some Parameters

Jonathan Dollimore

in Sexual Dissidence

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198112259
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112259.003.0002
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This book emerges at the intersection of diverse perspectives, including biography, literary and cultural theory, theodicy, social history, psychoanalysis, philosophy, feminism, and the emerging field of lesbian and gay studies. Several interrelated issues recur, two especially: one is the complex, often violent, sometimes murderous dialectic between dominant cultures and subordinate cultures, groups, and identities; the other concerns those conceptions of self, desire, and transgression which figure in the language, ideologies, and cultures of domination, and in the diverse kinds of resistance to it. One kind of resistance, operating in terms of gender, repeatedly unsettles the very opposition between the dominant and the subordinate. The book calls this sexual dissidence. Equally illuminating is the history of the early modern period, to which the book repeatedly turns. More exactly, it moves between the post-modern and the early modern.

Keywords: dominant cultures; subordinate cultures; resistance; sexual dissidence; transgression; psychoanalysis; feminism; gay studies; gender

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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