Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between book

AUTHOR: Donald E. Hall and Maria Pramaggiore (editors)
PUBLISHER: New York University Press
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 1996
PRINTING: First
PAGES: 305
ISBN:
081476634x
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Publisher’s Description

Is bisexuality coming out in America? Bisexual characters are surfacing on popular television shows and in film. Newsweek proclaims that a new sexual identity is emerging. But amidst this burgeoning acknowledgment of bisexuality, is there an understanding of what it means to be bisexual in a monosexual culture?

RePresenting Bisexualities seeks to answer these questions, integrating a recognition of bisexual desire with new theories of gender and sexuality. Despite the breakthroughs in gender studies and queer studies of recent years, bisexuality has remained largely unexamined. Problematic sexual images are usually attributed either to homosexual or heterosexual desire while bisexual readings remain unexplored. The essays found in RePresenting Bisexualities discuss fluid sexualities through a variety of readings from the fence, covering texts from Emily Dickinson to Nine Inch Nails. Each author contributes to the collection a unique view of sexual fluidity and transgressive desire. Taken together, these essays provide the most comprehensive bisexual theory reader to date.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Contributors

BI-ntroduction I: Episstemologies of the Fence by Maggie Pramaggiore
BI-ntroduction II: Epistomologies of the Fence by Donald E. Hall
PART 1: Unthinking Queer/Theorizing Bisexually
— Chapter 1: Blatantly Bisexual; or, Unthinking Queer Theory by Michael du Plessis
— Chapter 2: Do Bats Eat Cats? Reading What Bisexuality Does by Frann Michel
— Chapter 3: From Performativity to Interpretation: Toward a Social Semiotic Account of Bisexuality by Ki Namaste
PART 2: ImPrinting Bisexualities: Literary Readings
— Chapter 4: Graphic Sexuality the Erasure of a Polymorphous Perversity by Donald E.Hall
— Chapter 5: Loving Dora: Rereading Freud through H.D.’s “Her” by Lidia Yukman
— Chapter 6: Bi-nary Bi-sexuality: Jane Bowles’ss Two Serious Ladies
— Chapter 7: Versatile Interests: Reading Bisexuality in The Friendly Young Ladies
— Chapter 8: Invisible Sissy: The Politics of Masculinity in African American Bisexual Narrative by Traci Carroll
Part 3: Biopia: Perspectives on Bisexual Visual Culture
— Chapter 9: Biopia: Bisexuality and the Crisis of Visiblility in a Queer Symbolic by Brian Loftus
— Chapter 10: Rough Trade: Sexual Taxonomy in Postwar America by Chris Cagle
— Chapter 11: Framing Contention: Bisexuality Displaced by Mariam Fraser
— Chapter 12: Straddling the Screen: Bisexual Spectatorship and Contemporary Narrative Film by Maria Pramaggiore
Index

Library Notes

Softcover. Some stickers,crases, and stains on cover. Fairly clean pages. Binding still solid.