Becoming Authentic

Jonathan Dollimore

in Sexual Dissidence

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198112259
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670732 | DOI:
Becoming Authentic

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This chapter takes up the subsequent history of André Gide's transgressive ethic. It is fair to say that Gide's sexual nonconformity was a source of and stimulus to radical insight. One response to this is the intense hostility already noted. Another is to ignore it. A third response is to recognize but downplay it, as did Enid Starkie. Emphasis to the passage is meant only to highlight, in the very talk of the personal, an absence of precisely that ‘personal’ empathy which animated Gide's politics; that Starkie unwillingly displays that lack in a discussion of exactly that which in Gide helped inspire it as revealing but not untypical. What is suggested in this case is the way an older view of homosexuality as a behaviour survives within the newer account of it as an identity.

Keywords: André Gide; transgressive ethic; sexual nonconformity; Enid Starkie; homosexuality; politics; identity

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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