Closet Space: Geographies of Metaphor from the Body to the by Michael P. Brown

By Michael P. Brown

Is the closet only a metaphor? Closet Space presents a hugely unique account of the spatial metaphor of "the closet", and is the 1st geography textual content to target this significant factor.

Using various learn options and fabrics, the publication explores the closet via texts including:

• the oral histories of homosexual males within the united kingdom and US
• the sexualised panorama of a brand new Zealand city
• the nationwide census of england and the US
• foreign trip courses and travelogues,

and refers back to the paintings of Butler, Lefebvre and Foucault.

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In other words, I do not feel obliged to jettison the empirical domains with which geographers are comfortable to acknowledge the inescapability of metaphor, discourse and textuality. For if materiality is always discursive, so too are texts themselves spatial (just as they are temporal). In Chapter 2, the relations between the closet and the individual subject are explored through an analysis of published oral histories of British and American gay men. The aim of this chapter is to consider the closet as a performative, which has been a very important concept in both queer theory and geography.

For instance, Bell and Valentine (1995a) introduce their path-breaking collection Mapping Desire by staking sexuality as a performative. g. Cream 1995a, b; Johnston, 1996, Rose, 1996; Bell and Valentine 1995b). From their spatial ken geographers are surreptitiously challenging Butler’s denial of context. Interestingly, though, they have not made this point as a conscious critique. Nevertheless, by operationalising ‘context’ as location or place geographers have argued that it plays quite a central role in guaranteeing the reproduction of patriarchy and heteronormativity.

At a preliminary level is the recognition of the closet as part of a vast array of spatial metaphors in English generally. The sheer ubiquity of such metaphors has long been recognised. Their omnipresence is reflected and reinforced by the plethora of disciplines and perspectives from which scholars have investigated them: from linguistics (Radden 1985), literary criticism (Mathur 1996), feminism (Higonnet 1994), film theory (Thompson 1993), religious studies (Noppen 1974), computer science (Trumbo 1998), psychology (Hanenberg 1982), and geography (Smith and Katz 1993).

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