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

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

by Graham L. Hammill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226315193

ISBN-13: 9780226315195

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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…  See more details below

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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:
9780226315195
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: History and the Time of Sexuality1
2Reading Bodies: Recognition and the Violence of Form24
3History and the Flesh: Caravaggio's Queer Aesthetic63
4"The Forme of Faustus Fortunes": Knowledge, Spectatorship, and the Body in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus97
5Sexuality at the Epochal Threshold: Baconian Science and the Experience of History128
6Conclusion: Thinking Sexualities and Beyond169
Notes179
Index215

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