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Beyond MonogamyPolyamory and the Future of Polyqueer Sexualities$
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Mimi Schippers

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479801596

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479801596.001.0001

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Between (Polyamorous) Men

Between (Polyamorous) Men

Polyqueer Homosocial Bonds in The Other Man

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(p.115) 3 Between (Polyamorous) Men
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Beyond Monogamy
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Mimi Schippers

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479801596.003.0004

The author revisits Eve Sedgwick’s conceptualization of homosocial bonding between men as theoretically developed in Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire by analyzing a contemporary fictional narrative of erotic triangulation between two men and a woman. Adopting a polyqueer lens to analyze the film The Other Man, the author argues that it is a contemporary example of polyqueer homosociality between men. The author shows how the introduction of polyamory to narratives of erotic triangulation between two men and a woman opens narrative space to unravel and reconfigure heteromasculinity in a way that disrupts the relationship between homosocial bonding and male dominance in fictional narrative and as theorized by Sedgwick. This disruption results from third wave feminism and its insistence on feminine sexual subjectivity. In conclusion, the author argues that, despite narratives of feminine sexual subjectivity, polyamory and polyqueer desire are sublimated as not so much rivalry, but instead infidelity in need of a monogamous resolution.

Keywords:   Eve Sedgwick, The Other Man, homosocial, fictional narrative, polyamory, masculinity, femininity, film

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