I ran across the word "Stretherism" in Camille Paglia's 1991 essay "Junk Bonds and Corporate Raiders: Academe in the Hour of the Wolf:"
A final word on the title: I find "Heroes and Their Pals" vaguely queasy-making because its coy academic whimsy is actually a cheap shot at masculine men. There are no heroes; all those jocks who shoved the bookworms aside on the way to the locker room are really getting it on with each other but don't know it. This is rampant Stretherism, the wimp-centered view of the world that blights so much of the new academic discourse on sex.
I can't seem to find any definition (and barely any usage) of the word from an internet search. I did run across the character of Lewis Lambert Strether in Henry James's 1903 novel "The Ambassadors," but the overviews of that book that I found didn't directly address a possible literary eponym.
Is anyone aware of a more "official" definition or usage of the word, especially one not dependent on the context of the quoted Paglia passage? Or is she essentially coining-the-term here, something along the lines of "incorrectly inferring hidden sexual overtones from innocuous or unrelated behavior?"