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100 1  St. Pierre, Scott J 
245 10 Abnormal tongues: Style and sexuality in modern literature
       and culture 
300    216 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 69-
       09, Section: A, page: 3551 
500    Adviser: Tobin A. Siebers 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Michigan, 2008 
520    "Abnormal Tongues" is an analysis of the sexual politics 
       of style. Many interpretive strategies of modern Western 
       thought, it contends, are shaped by a poorly understood, 
       yet powerful sexual technology we call "style." What seems
       to circulate as a neutral, even scientific term in 
       literary criticism is instead a supple ideological force 
       that saturates academic and popular culture as one of the 
       most powerful, because one of the most subtle, ways we 
       understand how literary expression makes individuals 
       legible to others as "normal" or as "deviant" sexual 
       subjects. The ancient concept of style is transformed by 
       the expert discourses of modernity in order to secure 
       heterosexuality's authorized use of language through what 
       it figures as its "natural" condition of clarity and to 
       disqualify homosexuality's use of language as what it 
       terms excessive stylization 
520    The project examines the major theoretical texts of 
       literary stylistics and psychoanalysis---the two most 
       important modern discourses of style that together 
       produced its sexualization---focusing on the cases of 
       three important modernist stylists who have each been 
       appropriated by literary criticism as exemplary instances 
       of style's presumed expression of authorial sexuality. 
       Ernest Hemingway's reception both as masculine icon and as
       a simple and direct writer allow him and his partisans to 
       partake of the privilege and acclaim awarded to the 
       heterosexually-inflected notion of clarity. For Henry 
       James and Gertrude Stein the opposite is the case: each 
       has been understood to produce overly stylized writing 
       that is often read as an expression of the author's 
       shameful homosexuality. Each of these readings is fuelled 
       by a normalizing demand in the modern West to apply to 
       style what Foucault terms "a hermeneutics of desire." In 
       opposition to this largely unrecognized practice, 
       "Abnormal Tongues" argues that literary criticism needs a 
       new, non-disciplinary understanding of style that will 
       liberate critique from its problematically phobic heritage
       and de-couple style from the practice of sexual diagnosis 
590    School code: 0127 
650  4 Literature, American 
650  4 Literature, English 
650  4 Gender Studies 
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710 2  University of Michigan 
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