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Beyond Tolerance: Heteronormativity and Queer Theory

Kavanagh, Declan (2016) Beyond Tolerance: Heteronormativity and Queer Theory. Maynooth Philosophical Papers: An Anthology of Current Research from the Department of Philosophy, NUI Maynooth, (8). pp. 73-82. ISSN 2009-7743. E-ISSN 2009-7751. (KAR id:58317)

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Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This article examines equal marriage and its potential engendering of binary divisions between queer subjects who adhere to the logic of cultural heteronormativity and those who transgress its structuring forces. It aims to historicise the discourse that surrounds gay marriage by tracing these debates back to the Enlightenment's production of the companionate marriage. The works of Edmund Burke, his aesthetic writings and political speeches, provide the textual basis for an examination of 'normative desire' in the eighteenth century. The article contends that assessing the eighteenth century's regime of heteronormativity will allow us to see the provisional nature of our own heterosexist cultural formations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century
Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing
Depositing User: Declan Kavanagh
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 19:13 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58317 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kavanagh, Declan: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1938-7327
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