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Shakespeare's perfume : sodomy and sublimity in the Sonnets, Wilde, Freud, and Lacan

Author: Richard Halpern
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2002.
Series: New cultural studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Starting with St. Paul's argument that the Greeks were afflicted with homosexuality to punish their excessive love of statues, Richard Halpern uncovers a tradition in which aesthetic experience gives birth to the sexual - and thus reverses the Freudian thesis that erotic desire is sublimated into art. Rather, Halpern argues, sodomy was implicated with aesthetic catagories from the very start, as he traces a
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Oscar Wilde; Sigmund Freud; Jacques Lacan; William Shakespeare; Oscar Wilde; Sigmund Freud; Jacques Lacan; William Shakespeare; Oscar Wilde; Sigmund Freud; Jacques Lacan; William Shakespeare; Jacques Lacan; Sigmund Freud; Oscar Wilde
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Halpern
ISBN: 0812236610 9780812236613
OCLC Number: 48958366
Notes: Series statement on jacket.
Description: 125 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Shakespeare's perfume --
Theory to die for : Oscar Wilde's The portrait of Mr. W.H. --
Freud's Egyptian Renaissance : Leonardo da Vinci and a memory of his childhood --
Lacan's anal thing : the ethics of psychoanalysis.
Series Title: New cultural studies.
Responsibility: Richard Halpern.

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Drawing on theology, alchemy, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and literary criticism, Shakespeare's Perfume explores how the history of aesthetics and the history of sexuality are fundamentally connected.

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"A witty, provocative, and timely book . . . that takes much current discussion of gender, aesthetics, and sexuality one step further."-Sixteenth Century Journal "Halpern's intriguing book traces an Read more...

 
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