"A little theatrical but mostly athletic": The mutable erotics of Miranda July's The First Bad Man

Emma Sullivan, Lincoln Geraghty (Editor)

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Abstract

By attending to the inherent flux of sexual fantasy, Miranda July’s first novel The First Bad Man reveals a mobile and mutable erotics capable of generating an enlarged range of self-identification and relational intimacy, far from any essentialist assumptions of stable or coherent sexual identity. July focuses specifically upon role-play as the means to unpack the normative categories of hetero/homosexuality, masculinity and femininity, celebrating rather than pathologising qualities like superficiality and inconsistency. The novel touches upon many polarising issues (for example, sexual violence, sadomasochism and assisted reproductive technology), deftly avoiding the conventional language which colours perception. Both erotic and humorous, The First Bad Man helps to redefine the often highly charged discourse around sex and sexuality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCogent Arts and Humanities
Volume3
Issue number1
Early online date16 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Nov 2016

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