Un/making Sexuality: Such Is Life and the Observant Queer Reader


‘I want to propose that the incertitudes of Furphy’s magnum opus provide the observant queer reader with an arousing focus on the late-nineteenth-century making of “sexuality” as a new regulatory system of sexual organisation. In advocating an engagement between Such is Life and queer theory, I want to ask, how does Furphy represent sexuality in Such is Life? and what is the analytical purchase provided by a queer reading of the text?’

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Published 1 October 2003 in Volume 21 No. 2. Subjects: Gender - Literary portrayal, Queer theory, Sexuality & sexual identity, Transvestites, Joseph Furphy.

Cite as: Barlow, Damien. ‘Un/making Sexuality: Such Is Life and the Observant Queer Reader.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 21, no. 2, 2003, doi: 10.20314/als.be5bb2878a.