This original study reevaluates central texts of the modernist canonEliot's early poetry including The Waste Land, Joyce's Ulysses and Proust's Remembrance of Things Pastby examining sexual energies and identifications in them that are typically regarded as perverse. Colleen Lamos' analysis of the operations of gender and sexuality in these texts reveals conflicts, concerning the definition of masculine heterosexuality, which cut across the aesthetics of modernism. What emerges is a reconsideration of modernist literature as a whole, gender categories, and the relation between errant sexuality and literary "mistakes."
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Straightening out literary criticism: T. S. Eliot and error; 2. The end of poetry for ladies: T. S. Eliot's early poetry; 3. Text of error, text in error: James Joyce's Ulysses; 4. Sexual/textual inversion: Marcel Proust; Conclusion.