Journal article

Sexual Shame and Subjectivity in Lorrie Moore's 'Two Boys'

G Caldwell, Emily Barber

Hecate | Hecate Press | Published : 2017


This article employs theorisations of love and sexual shame by Jessica Benjamin and Simone de Beauvoir, to examine the Lorrie Moore short story "Two Boys." Complementing the discussions of these concepts by Benjamin and Beauvoir with Julia Kristeva's theorisation of abjection and Laura Kipnis's thoughts on filth conviction, the article explores the effects of sexual shame and belief in ideal love on protagonist Mary's subjectivity and identity.

University of Melbourne Researchers