"By depicting Polly's sexuality as polysexuality [in I've Heard the Mermaids Singing], [Patricia] Rozema, like Freud before her, recognizes that human excitations and desires are mutable and capricious, or to use the reclaimed contemporary term, 'queer.' Polly's queer sexual desires and practices are, I argue, far more subversive than previous scholars have contemplated."
-- Julia Mendenhall
Mendenhall, Julia. I've Heard the Mermaids Singing. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014. (p. 85)