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.
- Hetero/queer/bi temporalities
- Rough trade
- Sexual instrumentality
- Sexual orientation
- Triangular desire