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Literary PassportsThe Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe$
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Shachar Pinsker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770644

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770644.001.0001

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In the House and in the Gardens

In the House and in the Gardens

Erotic Triangulations and Homosocial Desire

(p.185) Nine In the House and in the Gardens
Literary Passports
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Male characters in modernist Hebrew fiction are often involved in homoerotic and homosocial desire through complex triangulations. Homosocial desire is located in an erotic triangle involving two men and a woman, a structure in which desire and rivalry are closely related. This chapter examines Hebrew fictional texts that explore erotic triangulations, looking at the works of Uri Nissan Gnessin, particularly the Tzilelei ha-chayim (“The Shadows of Life”), a collection of stories which are unified by the theme of erotic triangulation.

Keywords:   modernist Hebrew fiction, homoerotic desire, homosocial desire, erotic triangulations, erotic triangulations, Uri Nissan Gnessin, Tzilelei ha-chayin, Shadows of Life

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