Angelaki 20 (4):131-156 (2015)

Lyric is onanistic: masturbation is the latent content of lyric poetry. This article counters queer theory with a turn to onanist theory, pointing out the centrality of masturbation to the work of Jacques Derrida, and suggesting that rather than consider masturbation the supplement to sex, we might consider the opposite. Modern man has, according to Derrida, been mistaken in his metaphysics by a deluded fidelity to presence, an ontological error to which he has been attached as though to a lover; instead, modern man is guiltily onanistic. This article argues that the apostrophic intimacies of lyric and the longings held therein are masturbatory. To do so it reads Rob Halpern's Music for Porn as a deconstructive reading of Walt Whitman's Civil War poetry.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/0969725x.2015.1096638
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 53,742
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Profanations.Giorgio Agamben - 2007 - Zone Books.

View all 12 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Santayana on America.George Santayana - 1968 - New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.
Walt Whitman on Education.Walt Whitman - 1981 - Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children 2 (3-4):84-85.
The Roots of Whitman's Grass.T. R. Rajasekharaiah - 1970 - Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.


Added to PP index

Total views
15 ( #625,727 of 2,349,895 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #511,368 of 2,349,895 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes