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Unformatted text preview: PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE This article was downloaded by: [WALDO - Full Library] On: 29 November 2010 Access details: Access Details: [subscription number 918522989] Publisher Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37- 41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Journal of Bisexuality Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t792306887 Refusing Butler's Binary: Bisexuality and Performative Melancholia in Mrs. Dalloway Nowell Marshall a a University of California, Riverside, CA, USA Online publication date: 25 November 2009 To cite this Article Marshall, Nowell(2009) 'Refusing Butler's Binary: Bisexuality and Performative Melancholia in Mrs. Dalloway ', Journal of Bisexuality, 9: 3, 317 341 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/15299710903316612 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15299710903316612 Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.informaworld.com/terms-and-conditions-of-access.pdf This article may be used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material. Journal of Bisexuality , 9: 317341, 2009 Copyright C Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1529-9716 print / 1529-9724 online DOI: 10.1080/15299710903316612 REFUSING BUTLERS BINARY: BISEXUALITY AND PERFORMATIVE MELANCHOLIA IN MRS. DALLOWAY Nowell Marshall University of California, Riverside, CA, USA In The Psychic Life of Power , Judith Butler argued a woman accomplishes normative femininity by rejecting same-sex pleasure. Butler further ar- gues that normative femininity is maintained by emulating, without fully embodying, cultural ideals of femininity. Yet two questions remain: Given the theoretical framework that Butler articulated, what happens to the bi- sexual subject who forecloses neither homosexuality nor heterosexuality? If masculinity and femininity are, as Butler suggested, not only accom- plishments, but also cultural ideals, what happens to the subject who fails to properly emulate these cultural ideals? Following Clare Hemmings suggestion that bisexual readings can be an enlightening analytical tool or starting point for knowledge within the broader history of sexuality, this article argues that in Mrs. Dalloway , Virginia Woolf explores precisely...
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