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The Lingering Clasp of the Hand

male images in literary texts from this post-modernist standpoint. For example, one of
these areas is the impact of second and third wave feminism on reforming entrenched
aspects of masculinity that challenged male supremacy so effectively and produced the
'soft' male. 4
In examining texts that involve homoerotic writing, the question that arises is whether
one is being either prurient or seeing erotic writing where it does not exist. The best way
of avoiding such allegations is to be diligent and to present only that which offers a prima
facie case for what one is arguing. I concede that the discourse that I have examined
might have been the simple expression of bawd in that best British tradition of humour,
but I continue to maintain that the homoerotic content of much of the literature I examine
arises from commercial interests often in work undertaken in collaboration with another
writer.
There have been many examples of collaboration from cultures outside of the literary.
For example, the romantic Norwegian painter Frederick Gude (1825 – 1903) collaborated
with the genre painter, Adolf Tidemand in Germany on several oil paintings.5 The
collaboration of two painters working together on one canvas is a spectacle that may even
eclipse that of two writers working together on a literary text. The concern of
collaboration between two artists from different countries had no bearing on this kind of
peacetime collaboration when artists work in personal harmony with each other. But in
wartime, despite being opponents in terms of their national enmities, they still work
together harmoniously, although each notionally representing his own nation. James
brings to the fore a number o f concerns in the short story “Collaboration”, with which I
dealt in this book, not only about the "impure" nature of collaboration but about whether
collaboration between nationals whose country was at war would ever be possible. The
question which begins this book still remains partly unanswered in that the reasons for
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