Writing Gone Wilde: Homoerotic Desire in the Closet of Representation

  title={Writing Gone Wilde: Homoerotic Desire in the Closet of Representation},
  author={Ed J. Cohen},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={801 - 813}
  • E. Cohen
  • Published 1 October 1987
  • Art
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
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