Cela s'explique sans doute par le conservatisme de la societe marocaine et par la honte d'etre androgyne
, d'etre entre-deus-sexes, d'etre une troisieme alterite.
Heilbrun's study of androgyny in literature contains just one paragraph on Bloom alone (95), while Tracy Hargreaves' recent Androgyny in Modern Literature surprisingly does not mention Joyce's Bloom, the most famous twentieth-century male literary androgyne
, at all.
In the mid-'70s, just as art historians were resuscitating forgotten artists like the Belgian Fernand Khnopff, who obsessively painted sphinxes and androgynes
as well as photographed his sister in antique drag, Ontani -- in the midst of a profoundly personal rediscovery of androgynous imagery in Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist art -- was photographing himself in exalted and Old Masterish poses that seemed to unlock his many doubles.
When members of the seminar submitted their final projects, I found that, as I had expected, most chose to organize their anthologies around character types (manipulators, children, pregnant women, mothers, grandparents, androgynes
and biracial characters) and recurring themes (inheritance, illegitimacy, acquisition, the meeting of North and South, incest and miscegenation).
And if we go back even further, we find Plato imagining us all as androgynes
at the outset, cleaved in half by a ruthless fate, condemned to seek our completion.
They look less like androgynes
than superhumans, like archetypes that become extreme caricatures of the kind of values you might hear touted at a Republican convention (family, religion, capitalism, etc.
does not love,' wrote Julia Kristeva (1987).