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

Carrie Watterson

(158) Then, if he made up his mind to amuse himself, he threw himself into games with an extraordinary ardor. When a fight broke out between him and a friend, the battle rarely ended without bloodshed. If he was the weaker of the two, he would bite. * SEM. Excess (what exceeds nature). ** SEM. Femininity (to bite, rather than to use the phallic fist, is a connotator of femininity). The appearance of blood in the sculptor's childhood already dramatizes his fate, however remotely. (S/Z, 91)

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