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Desiring Brotherhood


Langdon’s imperial manhood, alternative masculinities are not

merely figures of morbidity or perversity, but instead index a

critique of heteropatriarchal conformity and national authority.

Sexuality is in fact a powerful critical lens through which we can

peer into the ideological mechanism that produces meaning in a

particular cultural moment of U.S. imperial expansion. In this

novel, vulnerability and powerlessness are made to sway toward

ecstasy and a certain kind of epiphany. In her daring portrayal of

masculinities that embrace castration and alterity, McCullers

proves herself a courageous artist with a discerning eye for the

oppressive nature of hegemonic masculinity and its affiliations with

patriarchy and imperial nationhood.