Introduction: What is Queer about Nostalgia?



In Edmund White’s short story Cinnamon Skin, the protagonist nostalgically recalls his queer adolescence, remembering how he abandoned himself to cloud-propelled dreams of love: melting ecstasy, heavenly embraces, ethereal intimacy. “People are wrong to imagine teenage boys want to shoot their loads; what they want is a union of souls which will only incidentally result in a tangling of arms, thighs, loins,” he contends. “Teenagers do not fetishize big cocks, hairy chests, powerful biceps, or blond hair and thick necks; their desire is too general to respond to anything less than eternal love and their love is vague and powerful enough to ennoble any body at all. And if I loved a particular man,” he adds, “it wasn’t as though I loved all men. No, we would be friends for life, not horrible, rodentlike queers” (29).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesTel Aviv UniversityIsrael

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