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By Stephen Osborne, Rajan Khanna, Elka Cloke, Ruth Sims, Michael G. Cornelius

What different characters from English literature have captivated hearts and minds as completely as Sherlock Holmes and his unswerving significant other John Watson? Many lovers think the connection among those males is deep and greater than platonic. In A learn in Lavender, the Holmes universe is queered and authors have devised tales within which Holmes and Watson are enthusiasts, or examine mysteries of inverts hidden from the legislation and cultures of the Victorian period; even the indomitable Lestrade has his flip at love; and eerie apparitions within the evening sky, corresponding to Jules Verne, draw Holmes to Cleveland highway, domestic to an notorious scandal.

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Deleuze and Guattari repeatedly speak of desire, but less often of sex and sexuality per se, in large part because sexuality in their view is broadly synonymous with desiring-production (as is indicated in their praise of D. H. Lawrence’s critique of psychoanalysis for ‘shutting sexuality up in a bizarre sort of box painted with bourgeois motifs’ and ‘thereby stifling the whole of sexuality as production of desire’ [Deleuze and Guattari 1983: 49]). Despite this apparent equation of terms, it is worth examining briefly the passages in which Deleuze and Guattari explicitly discuss sex and sexuality, for they lead directly to the concept of ‘n sexes’ and polysexuality.

In this way, the disabled body functions both to demonstrate the productivity of desire at the same time as an awareness of this productivity releases us from judging sexuality in terms of normalcy. There is thus a productive double bind between Deleuze and sex and disability studies. indd 21 31/05/2011 09:13 22 Deleuze and Sex conceptions can help provide ways of dissolving ableist delimitations of disability and sexuality. Goodley and Lawthom provide a reading of a case study of young disabled sexuality and the immaterial labour of the family in which it appears.

13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. indd 28 always stand alone) and the third one enables the expression of an idea, suggests that the sexual body becomes expressive beyond itself through the Oedipal images of the third series. The possibility that appears of rethinking transcendent schemas of sexuality through Deleuze has been noted by feminist post-Deleuzians as well as writers such as Luce Irigaray. As Claire Colebrook notes, feminist theory has been increasingly concerned with questions of metaphysics along the lines of immanence and transcendence as it opens up the possibility of thinking difference that is not predetermined by already established coordinates (Colebrook 2000: 110).

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