The failure of readings that rely on heteroeroticism
is that they reduce the orgasm to a genital-only orgasm; and moreover, these readings rely on a phallogocentric understanding of orgasm.
Instead simultaneous orgasm was an artifact of early twentieth-century heteroeroticism
which, unlike its counterpart homoerotism, is rarely studied because of its assumed binary-derived qualities.
Figure 1--in which homoeroticism and heteroeroticism
were separate axes,
28), yet the body of the text seems to make a transhistorical claim as to music's (masculine) "homoerotic essence" (257) that elides female homoeroticism or, indeed, heteroeroticism
as a potential source of musical expressivity.
Might this haunting sonnet elucidate why the insistent heteroeroticism
of The House of Life grows mote and more bleak in "Change and Fate": the apt subtitle for the sequence's disconsolate second part?
As Jonathan Goldberg has trenchantly observed, collapsing these different categories runs the risk of turning all eroticism into heteroeroticism
As he goes on to say in his introduction, it should come as no surprise that major constructs for the theoretical f ramework of these essays have been provided by the theorizing of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, the "leading exponent of the transferential relations defining homo- and heteroeroticism
as such" (5).