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Devouring Creation: Cannibalism, Sodomy, and the Scene of Analysis in "Suddenly, Last Summer"

Kevin Ohi
Cinema Journal
Vol. 38, No. 3 (Spring, 1999), pp. 27-49
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225523
Page Count: 23
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Devouring Creation: Cannibalism, Sodomy, and the Scene of Analysis in "Suddenly, Last Summer"
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Abstract

Exploring the erotics of baiting in "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959), this essay examines the figural links among madness, cannibalism, sodomy, lobotomy, the talking cure, and visual and narrative structure in the film. It questions the political and erotic stakes involved in the film's use of the spectacle of gay male sex as a disruption to its narrative of a psychoanalytic cure and as a fuel and figure for cinematic absorption.

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