Double Talk : The Erotics of Male Literary Collaboration, Hardback Book

Double Talk : The Erotics of Male Literary Collaboration Hardback

Part of the Routledge Library Editions: Literature and Sexuality series


Sigmund Freud and Josef Breuer on hysteria, J.A. Symonds and Havelock Ellis on sexuality, a novel by Ford Madox Ford and Joseph Conrad, The Waste Land of T.S.

Eliot (and Ezra Pound), even the Lyrical Ballads of Wordsworth and Coleridge: men making books together.

Wayne Koestenbaum's startling interpretation of literary collaboration focuses on homosexual desire: men write together, he argues, in order either to express or to evade homosexual feelings.

Their writing becomes a textual intercourse, the book at once a female body they can share and the child of their partnership.

These man-made texts steal a generative power that women's bodies seem to represent. Seen as the site of a struggle between homosexual and homophobic energies, the texts Koestenbaum explores - works of psychoanalysis, sexology, fiction, and poetry - emerge as more complex, more revealing.

They crystallize and refract the anxiety of male sexuality at the end of the last century, and open up a deeper understanding of connections today between the erotic and the literary.

Drawing upon the work of feminist critics, Koestenbaum connects male collaboration and the exchange of women within patriarchy: he peers into both medical texts and imaginative literature, disturbing our ready acceptance of the co-authored work.

This strong and unsettling book transforms our understanding of the creative process, providing a new sense of what both collaborative and solitary artistry mean.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Literary studies: general
  • ISBN: 9780415790079

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