By Christopher Lane
Through attentive readings of sexual and political allegory within the paintings of Kipling, Forster, James, Beerbohm, Firbank, and others—and deft use of psychoanalytic theory—The Ruling Passion translates turbulent scenes of masculine id and enjoyment, strength and mastery, intimacy and antagonism. by way of foregrounding the shattering results of male homosexuality and interracial hope, and via insisting at the centrality of subconscious delusion and the demise force, The Ruling Passion examines the startling recurrence of colonial failure in narratives of symbolic doubt and ontological challenge. Lane argues compellingly that Britain can growth culturally and politically merely while it has relinquished its residual fantasies of world mastery.
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The Ruling Passion: British Colonial Allegory and the Paradox of Homosexual Desire by Christopher Lane