Textual immaturity: bisexuality, textuality and adolescence

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Abstract

The article takes a common stereotype of bisexuality - as ‘immature'-and repurposes it as textual immaturity. The adolescent is a temporally in-between figure, sited ambiguously between past and future - a position analogous to that into which bisexuality is cast in monosexist discourse. Thus, bisexualities become a point from which to approach literary texts ‘immaturely'.The article argues that the positioning of bisexuality as a phase en route to fixed monosexual identity is a product of a broader investment in teleological narratives of maturation. Given its distinct relations to narrative temporality when denigrated as ‘immature,' a critical focus on bisexuality can offer a site for resistance to this restrictive narrativity. The Buddha of Suburbia proves an exemplary text. The article reads Hanif Kureishi's novel, TV adaptation, and David Bowie's album in order to explore their bisexual textuality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-101
JournalJournal of Bisexuality
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2018

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Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Bisexuality on 31/01/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15299716.2017.1387636

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • bisexuality
  • heteronormativity
  • narratives
  • television

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