Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Asexy Pioneer: Asexuality Versus Eroticism in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!

Erro, N. (2011). Asexy pioneer: Asexuality versus eroticism in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!, Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature, 1.

No abstract.


SlightlyMetaphysical said...

The title makes me quite afraid. I wonder if the author knows that a quite undeniable minority of those who identify as asexual write erotic fiction?

(or even if the author is aware of asexuality as a sexual orientation)

dertorheitherberge said...

Actually, while the text curiously does not quote AVEN, the "asexy" title seems to imply the author has done some background reading apart from scientific studies.

I went and read the essay, and despite my usual confusion about fiction being picked apart like that, it wasn't too bad. As the title says, it's about asexuality vs. eroticism in this one book, and about previous failed attempts to make sense of a character.

Concerning that objective, it does its job remarkably well, I believe.

Bad points: not quoting the AVEN definition, thus making the asexy experience out to be less complex than it actually is.