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Goblin Market- Christina Rossetti
o Look at it through Queer Theory (focuses on language as having an instability
of meaning, what we interpreted is not what was in intended [post
structuralism], take what we accept as givens and looking to dissect
assumptions about sexuality)
o Basic Tenets of Queer Theory:
1) Language works to produce meaning by relying upon the differences in
meanings between opposing terms (heterosexuality exists as a category
only because homosexuality or bisexuality exits) -> blue is defined by its
distinction of not being other things, it is blue because it is not red or
orange or purple
2) In turn, this means that conventional definitions of the dominant term
reply upon controlling the meanings of the “Other” to ensure that its own
meanings are stable. (Homosexuality must be stigmatized in order to
secure the place of heterosexuality as the dominate sexuality)
3) But, because the dominant language is, finally, dependent upon the
repressed meanings, the “Other”, stability is impossible. The “Other” is
always revealing itself, even when most carefully repressed. (Discussions
that appear to privilege Heterosexuality are always being subverted by
their own language: Homosexuality cant be repressed because it is
necessary part of the definition)
o Blur song: The biological gender cant be pinned down…makes that definition
unstable, meaning being related to the “other” -> mixed up terms=no
meaning
o Sympathetic reading: attack in sensuality defense of non-sexual or spiritual
love, religious allegory for Lizzie as a stand in for Christ
o Subversive readings focus on thinly-veiled sexuality (can only talk about
spiritual by talking about sexual)
o The men are missing…the goblins are almost parodies of men…men have
been pulled out of the poem because she doesn’t want to talk about love in
the context of gender
o The language is written for children
o Represented as animal so that they aren’t human (sensual love is animal and
spiritual is human)
o The fruit is being sold! (not given like Lizzie’s)…lots of fruits (confusion?)
diversity of fruits? Exotic diversity? Makes you want to try it…exotic and
unknown makes them dangerous? Diversity means its subverts the binary
definitions (no black and white) -> makes them dangerous
(Goblins=diversity of sexuality and sexual love)
o “Suck juices” the apparent language is of sexual love and undercuts the
spiritual love
o a fall (spiritual) but also a fall sexually (male organ that falls…Lizzie is trying
to save Laura but it is Laura who introduces Lizzie to sexual possibilities
without the Goblins aka men…the goblins are the heterosexual love and

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Goblin Market- Christina Rossetti o Look at it through Queer Theory (focuses on language as having an instability of meaning, what we interpreted is not what was in intended [post structuralism], take what we accept as givens and looking to dissect assumptions about sexuality) o Basic Tenets of Queer Theory: 1) Language works to produce meaning by relying upon the differences in meanings between opposing terms (heterosexuality exists as a category only because homosexuality or bisexuality exits) -> blue is defined by its distinction of not being other things, it is blue because it is not red or orange or purple 2) In turn, this means that conventional definitions of the dominant term reply upon controlling the meanings of the “Other” to ensure that its own meanings are stable. (Homosexuality must be stigmatized in order to secure the place of heterosexuality as the dominate sexuality) 3) But, because the dominant language is, finally, dependent upon the repressed meanings, the “Other”, stability is impossible. The “Other” is always revealing itself, even when most carefully repressed. (Discussions that appear to privilege Heterosexuality are always being subverted by their own language: Homosexuality cant be repressed because it is necessary part of the definition) o Blur song: The biological gender cant be pinned down…makes th
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