Email This Article
Your Name:
Your Email:
Email To:
Comment:
Optional
Authentication:  
5 + 2 = ?: (Required) Please type in the correct answer to the math question.

  
clear
You are sending a link to...
Pseudsday Tuesday

When Oliver Twist asked for more, he meant food, not abstract pluralities. But the pluralities are coming thick and fast. In this week's TLS, Matthew Ingleby reviews Queer Dickens - Erotics, Families, Masculinities by the pluralistically monikered Holly Furneaux. "Families" doesn't quite fit in that title, being an ordinary sort of plural - such singularities abound:

In one persuasive chapter, Dickens's fiction is shown to present positive alternatives to the heteronormative family unit (in David Copperfield, for instance) resisting what Furneaux calls the "bio-logical" tendency in conventional narrative, and favouring the "elective affinities" of nurturing relationships of choice over deterministic blood ties.

Bio-logical? What the Dick-ens is that hyphen doing? And it is one of multiple hyphenations

The management of same-sex desire through in-lawing (Steerforth's musing on Copperfield's non-existent sister), the Victorian fantasy of a queer elsewhere in the colonies (Edwin Drood in Egypt) and the erotics of male nursing (Herbert Pocket's tender rehabillitation of Pip) provide fruitful topics for sensitively hisoricist ways into Dickens that seem to leave him intact and, at the same time, appreciably different.

The plot Dickens.


Join leaders of the American Middle Eastern community to endorse

Donald J. Trump
for President of the United States

and spend an evening with his foreign policy advisors featuring
Dr. Walid Phares
and other surprise campaign guests.

Monday October 17th

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20008

cocktails at 6pm - dinner at 7pm
Business casual attire

$150 per person / $1500 per table

Sponsored by the American Mideast Coalition for Trump

Buy Tickets

Subscribe

Recent Posts

30-Sep-2016
Mandelstam by the Fence by György Faludy 30-Sep-2016
Slander 30-Sep-2016
Poetry
clear