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8) As pointed out by Marshall, secondary narcissism plays a vital role for gay (and queer) subject formation, a role that is fundamentally different from the heteronormative narcissism as expressed in male film stars or in dominant everyday culture.
This analytical move allows him to level one final criticism against the Freudian concept of secondary narcissism, particularly against the "almost mechanical alternative between ego-love and objectlove.
Finally, Rupprecht's chapter on the German Surrealist writer Unica Zum discusses how Zurn's quasi-autobiographical works of imaginative fiction erect and dismantle numerous ego-ideals and authorial superegos, which correspond to analogous elements in Freud's notion of secondary narcissism.

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