By Allan Johnson
Alan Hollinghurst and the power of effect proposes a notable technique for analyzing the impacts that interlace twentieth-century homosexual British writers. targeting the function of the textual snapshot in literary impression, this ebook strikes towards a brand new knowing of the interpenetration of literary and visible tradition within the 20th century.
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22 In Murphy’s view, then, Will is struggling to reconcile his own life with a shadowy history of twentiethcentury sexual politics, while Hollinghurst is able to reject his status as a late-comer and assert his own form of control over twentieth-century gay fiction. This is, however, in practice, an ambiguous distinction, and the text enacts an uncanny superimposition of Will’s desire for the protection of his tribe and Hollinghurst’s desire to command the members of this same tribe. The novel’s staging of the sunbathing motif not only redeploys a captivating visual image that features prominently in Brideshead Revisited, but reflects a wider interest in the historical image of sun-worship.
SPL 230) As Will later remarks to one of the models: I don’t like the martyrs so much – they’re just soft porn. You look very pretty in them … but I honestly prefer to have hard porn – or no porn at all. It’s all pretending, that stuff. (SPL 231) Jarman, Glass, and The Swimming-Pool Library 41 This scene perhaps suggests Jarman’s own sexy staging of the life of Sebastian to be something between magazine photography and ‘soft porn’. However, it is surprising that no character finds Staines’s work unashamedly reminiscent of Jarman’s then-recent film, a film that attained cult status in the very milieu which Will circulates.
FS 232–3) What Edward doesn’t recognize here, of course, is that the ‘demands of the young’ are equally taxing on him, that the ‘fretful drive’ that has motivated and sustained his pursuit of Luc Altidore is perhaps as unflattering as what his friend Edie refers to as ‘poly-filla-progenitiveness’. What upsets Edward even more than the Echo-like loss of ‘the gift of speech’, is that Willie remains unable to participate in his own curiously similar narrative of the speechless-making ‘fretful drive’ of ‘the demands of the young’.