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Sexuality and Form

Caravaggio, Marlowe, and Bacon

This ambitious, wide-ranging study of sexuality, aesthetics, and epistemology covers everything from the aesthetics of war to the works of Caravaggio, Michaelangelo, Christopher Marlowe, and Francis Bacon, synthesizing queer theory and psychoanalysis and demonstrating the role of the body and the flesh as both a problem and a promise within the narrative arts.

227 pages | 4 color plates, 95 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2000

Art: European Art

Gay and Lesbian Studies

Gender and Sexuality

History of Science

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Religion: Religion and Society

Table of Contents

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

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