Jeffs, William Patrick
January 2003
Feminism, Manhood & Homosexuality: Intersections in Psychoanalys;2003, p72
Book Chapter
Chapter Five of the book "Feminism, Manhood and Homosexuality: Intersections in Psychoanalysis and American Poetry" is presented. It analyzes the poetics of Allen Ginsberg. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, Ginsberg emphasized the masculine nature of poetry and poetics. However, Ginsberg's discourse articulated a gay poetics which resulted from his homosexual consciousness. Cultural, economic and political factors influenced Ginsberg's notions of sexuality and gender. Specifically, his poems revealed the effects of the Cold War and the Vietnam War on the U.S. and on its inhabitants.


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