THE CASPIAN REGION:Politics, Economics, Culture

Scientific journal

Between homosexuality and homophobia (review of the book written by Eve K. Sedgwick Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire)

2013. 3, pp. 440-443

Sarakaeva Elina .  - Ph.D. (Philology), Associate Professor, Hainan State University, 58 Zhenmin St., Meilanqu District, Haikou, Hainan Province, 570100, China,,

The article reviews the famous book Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire by E. K. Sedgwick. Sedgwick examines mens relationships with one another in English literature and the ways those relationships affect women. She argues that the power of male homophobia has radically shaped the ideologies of men and women. Central to this study is Sedgwicks conception of "male homosocial desire". Sedgwick coined the neologism "homosocial," which was supposed to be a rejection of the then-available lexical and conceptual alternatives to challenge the idea sexual identity could be easily differentiated. Sedgwicks work was an important milestone in the development of gender studies.

Key words: homosexual,homosocial desire,male bonds,queer theory,homophobia,heterosexual,sexual identity,gender continuum