restricted access “A Boy Under the Ban of Suspension”: Renouncing Maturity in Willa Cather's “Paul’s Case”

This article studies Paul’s queer adolescence at the intersection of narrative, time, and sexuality. Although Paul’s effeminacy evokes homosexuality, he is not a gay-identified subject who looks back on his boyhood and defines it as protogay. To convert his boyhood effeminacy into protogay boyhood is problematic. Paul also renounces the arc of normative, capitalist adulthood by desiring to be rich without climbing the social ladder rung by rung and by killing himself. His suicide undoes transitional views of adolescence.