homosexual panic


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homosexual panic

[¦hō·mə′sek·shə·wəl ′pan·ik]
(psychology)
An acute syndrome that comes as a climax of prolonged tension from unconscious homosexual conflicts or sometimes bisexual tendencies.
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In terms of the lynching "spectacle" in Light in August, though, Faulkner shrewdly muddies the feminine space that constitutes homosocial desire and homosexual panic and, in so doing, (re)places it solely within the exclusive sphere of homosexual desire.
64) The defendant in a homosexual panic defense situation is almost inevitably male; in 1992, Mison failed to find a single example of a reputed lesbian panic defense.
Dino's death placates both the heteronormative homosexual panic of Eliot and the reader and forestalls Tito's blackmailability.
37] Thus, even as the homosexual panic in the case of flight attendants was immediate, uncontrolled and visceral, it was also calculated and orchestrated in ways that inevitably benefited the pocketbooks of the airlines.
Michelle Ann Abate explores homoerotic imagery in The Sound and the Fury, and Duvall examines male homosexual panic in Light in August.
Wollaeger achieves this goal by compiling a broad array of criticism ranging from foundational texts such as a revised version of Hugh Kenner's 1948 overview "The Portrait in Perspective" and Fritz Senn's 1978 close reading "The Challenge: ignotas animum" to contemporary critiques, such as Joseph Valente's essay "Thrilled by his Touch: The Aestheticizing of Homosexual Panic in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
It might be argued that Cervantes has given us both the saddest ("El curioso impertinente") and the funniest (Don Quijote, Part II, chapter 60) fictionalizations of homosexual panic in early modern literature, but this neither confirms nor denies that Cervantes had any homosexual experiences.
Is homosexual panic like when you're walking down the street and you realize you're going to be late for work and you just missed the Number 3 bus and there won't be another one for half an hour, and then you remember there's a bus strike on and there won't be another bus coming like, forever and so you have a mini-nervous breakdown, loud and dramatically right at the corner of Davie and Bute, with style and melodrama, like only a homosexual could?
On October 25, 1999, the opening day of Aaron McKinney's trial for the alleged beating death of Matthew Shepard, public defender Jason Tangeman, in a "chilling opening argument," not only admitted McKinney "savagely beat Shepard and left him for dead a year ago" but also revealed McKinney's motive: homosexual panic.
Valente's "Thrilled by His Touch: The Aestheticizing of Homosexual Panic in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: is without question the most useful essay in the collection.
116), presages a Harphamian fantasy: 'If we were to imagine a Conradian psychotopography, we would place homosexual panic [.
How strange that she doesn't simply acknowledge Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's famous theorizations of homosexual panic in Between Men (1985) and Epistemology of the Closet (1990).