Deconstructing Freud

Jonathan Dollimore

in Sexual Dissidence

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

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Sigmund Freud acknowledged that his theory needed homosexuality. However, to what extent did he actually discover these ‘homosexual currents’ or rather construct something which his theory needed? It might be said that he half discovered, and more than half produced them — if only to register their paradoxical, excessive, and often fraught status in psychoanalytic theory. Whatever, once invoked, ‘homosexuality’ kept problematizing not only the prevailing categories of psychosexual normality — something which Freud clearly wanted it to do — but also the theory which needed it, and which its discovery initially enabled. The various ways in which it did so, either independently, or as a representative of the perversions, is the subject of this chapter. Before pursuing this intriguing connection between homosexuality, perversion, and deconstruction, there is another kind of problem in Freud, more mundane yet equally important. It concerns the tension between theory and evidence.

Keywords: Sigmund Freud; homosexuality; perversion; deconstruction; theory; evidence

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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