Sexuality and Form: Caravaggio, Marlowe, and Bacon / Edition 2

Sexuality and Form: Caravaggio, Marlowe, and Bacon / Edition 2

by Graham L. Hammill
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226315185

ISBN-13: 9780226315188

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In a far-ranging series of readings that considers Italian humanism, art history, Elizabethan drama, early experimental science, and contemporary theory, Graham Hammill offers a new poetics of sexuality. Arguing against the reduction of sex to historical information, Hammill compels us to reconceive sexuality and its relationship to history through the

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In a far-ranging series of readings that considers Italian humanism, art history, Elizabethan drama, early experimental science, and contemporary theory, Graham Hammill offers a new poetics of sexuality. Arguing against the reduction of sex to historical information, Hammill compels us to reconceive sexuality and its relationship to history through the aesthetic: he proposes that in Western encounters with homosexuality, the flesh emerges as both a problem and a promise at the limits of the visual and dramatic narrative arts.

Sexuality and Form explores the insistence of the flesh as an element of carnality that resists exchange and conversion. Beginning with humanist aesthetics and the art of war, Hammill first discusses how the body gets aligned with various and subtle forms of violence. He then explores the epistemological and aesthetic spaces in the paintings of Caravaggio and Michaelangelo, the plays of Christopher Marlowe, and the scientific treatises of Francis Bacon, demonstrating how in each the flesh is bruised into visibility through poses that underwrite and belie ideals of secular civility.

Sexuality and Form is an ambitious new study of sexuality, aesthetics, and epistemology—one of the first works of its kind to bring queer theory and psychoanalysis together within a Renaissance framework.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226315188
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: History and the Time of Sexuality 00
A Poiesis of the Body
History, Theory, Sexuality
2. Reading Bodies: Recognition and the Violence of Form
Posing and Judgment
Logistics and the Fold
3. History and the Flesh: Caravaggios Queer Aesthetic
Spectatorship and the Queering of Form
Sublimation and Social Fantasy
Traversing History through Paint
4. "The Forme of Faustus Fortunes": Knowledge, Spectatorship, and the Body in Marlowes Doctor Faustus
Malediction and Jurisprudence
Faustus, Form, and Subjectivity
Sodomy and Exnomination
On the Soul
5. Sexuality at the Epochal Threshold: Baconian Science and the Experience of History
Conversion and Queer History
Jurisprudence, Counterjurisprudence, and the Baconian Body Politic
The Body that Does Not Convert
6. Conclusion: Thinking Sexualities and Beyond
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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