The Kid is all the rage: (Bi) sexuality, temporality and triangular desire in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead

Chung-Hao Ku*

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Abstract

This article studies bisexuality in terms of sexual instrumentality, instead of sexual orientation. In Silko's Almanac of the Dead, David's sexuality is not marked by a hetero timeline hinged on marriage, a homo timeline initiated by the "coming out" moment or a bi timeline validated by sexual experiences with both genders. Instead, David's paternal aspiration and his financial need govern his opposite-sex relationship with Seese and his same-sex relationship with Beaufrey. In this bisexual triangle, David's sexual instrumentality ultimately generates an epistemology of bisexuality with regard to time, paternity and prostitution. Reconfiguring bisexuality from a matter of sexual attraction to both genders to a desire for things that particular sexual objects can offer to the subject, this article, on account of filiation and finance, deconstructs the discourse of sexual orientation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-349
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Bisexuality
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Bisexuality
  • Hetero/queer/bi temporalities
  • Hom(m)osexuality
  • Rough trade
  • Sexual instrumentality
  • Sexual orientation
  • Triangular desire

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