The Veiling of Homoerotic Desire in Roland Barthes' S/Z

Carrie Watterson

They rejoined their companions and strolled through the woods of the Villa Ludovisi, which in those days belonged to Cardinal Cicognara. * ACT. "Excursion": 6: to stroll in the woods. Strictly speaking, the allusion to Cardinal Cicognara is insignificant (has no functional importance); however, in addition to introducing an effect of reality, it enables the name of La Zambinella's protector and Sarrasine's murderer to be reintroduced: this is the "glue" of the readerly. (S/Z, 172)

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