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A Memoir

Jonathan Dollimore



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Rowman & Littlefield International
01 July 2021
Desire: A Memoir is a hybrid of autobiography, meditation, and philosophy that explores the existential sources of his writing. Effortlessly blending the tragic and comic, Dollimore's unique voice relates a life haunted and torn by loss, and the at once intensely personal yet universal experience of suffering and longing.

In this moving memoir Jonathan Dollimore recounts a life dedicated to understanding the delight and disorder of human desire. He writes honestly and movingly about his teenage attraction to risk and danger; of wounding motorcycle crashes and lucky escapes; of sexual curiosity as a flight from boredom; of suicidal depression and sexual ecstasy, of his discovery of love and literature and his adventures cruising in the gay subcultures of late twentieth-century New York, Brighton, and Sydney.

For more than thirty years Dollimore has been one of contemporary culture's most influential critics of politics, literature, and sexuality. At the University of Sussex he pioneered cultural materialism in early modern and literary studies and gay studies in education, including co-founding there the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence. His landmark books include Radical Tragedy (1984), with Alan Sinfield, Political Shakespeare (1985) and Sexual Dissidence (1991). In later books like Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture (1999) and Sex Literature and Censorship (2001) he turned his attention to a fresh interrogation of those dark, recalcitrant elements of desire and mortality that resist utopian transformation. He has held chairs at Sussex and York and lectured and taught throughout the world.
Imprint:   Rowman & Littlefield International
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 201mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   277g
ISBN:   9781786615008
ISBN 10:   1786615002
Pages:   248
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan Dollimore is a literary theorist, specialising in the fields of Renaissance literature (especially drama), art, censorship and the history of ideas, and a trailblazer in the study of gender and queer theory. At the University of Sussex, he co-founded the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence. He later became Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Dollimore is credited with making major interventions in debates on sexuality and desire, transgression, perversion and decadence within cultural theory.

Reviews for Desire: A Memoir

Jonathan Dollimore, a working class man who became one of our most thoughtful intellectuals, has written a memoir that meditates on sex, identity, boredom and ecstasy. It is a rich, sad, wise book. -- Edmund White, author of Our Young Man

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