By Lee Edelman
"Homographesis" brings provocative and arguable readings of literary and cultural texts to homosexual severe research. Lee Edelman makes use of post-structuralist discourse and Lacanian psychoanalysis to revise and re-articulate the politics of sexuality. "Homographesis" addresses essentially the most deeply-felt and hotly-debated problems with our time: sexual id; homophobia and its relatives to racism; males and their relation to feminism; AIDS and its representations; and where of idea in literary research.
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It is, however, precisely the inescapable politics of any formalism, the insistence of ideology in any and every graphesis of (gay) sexuality (insofar as it seeks to articulate and reify form itself, morphology, as a meaningful structure of identity) that the study of homographesis takes as its very point of departure. "34 As this language implies, the metaphysical privileging of metaphor and its essentializing logic can be seen as the "breeding ground" in which a heterosexual order (re)produces the ideology of identity by prescriptively articulating a hierarchical relation between categories defined as polar opposites.
10 HOMOGRAPHESIS Just as the superimposition of an allegedly stable metaphoric significance upon the metonymic category of desire makes possible conventional figurations of the legibility of a distinctive homosexual "morphology," so it produces the need to construe such an emblem of homosexual difference that will securely situate that difference within the register of visibility. "22 In the discursive transformation toward which Foucault's work gestures, these contingent connections between sodomy and effeminacy undergo translation into essential or metaphorical equivalences as soon as sexuality itself undergoes a metaphorizing totalization into a category of essence, into a fixed and exclusive identity.
The homograph itself, after all, permits the specification of its various and unrelated meanings only through its deployment within a particular grammatical structure or syntagmatic chain. Bearing no singular identity, the homograph (elaborating, in this, a property of writing—and therefore of language—in general) precipitates into meaning by virtue of its linear, its metonymic, relation to a context that seems to validate, which is to say, "naturalize," one denotation over another. Invoking, in this way, the aleatory collocations of metonymy to call into question metaphor's claim for the correspondence of essences or positive qualities present in themselves, homographesis (as it articulates the logic of the homograph) works to deconstruct homographesis (as it designates the marking of a distinct and legible homosexual identity).