The Veiling of Homoerotic Desire in Roland Barthes' S/Z

Carrie Watterson

By casting Zambinella out of the castration camp, Barthes, throughout S/Z veils numerous snares laid by Balzac about the mysterious origins of the castrato. Where he does acknowledge them, he downplays their importance. When the truth is openly revealed, he makes no recognition of the impact of this information except where it touches those he includes in the camp.

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