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Sculpture, sexuality and history : encounters in literature, culture and the arts from the eighteenth century to the present

Author: Jana Funke; Jen Grove
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019] ©2019
Series: Genders and sexualities in history.
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This book investigates the wide-ranging connections between sculpture, sexuality, and history in Western culture from the eighteenth century to the present. Sculpture has offered a privileged site for the articulation of sexual experience and the formation of sexual knowledge. As historical objects, sculptures also draw attention to the different ways in which knowledge about sexuality is facilitated through an  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jana Funke; Jen Grove
ISBN: 9783319958392 3319958399
OCLC Number: 1079341418
Description: xviii, 280 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction--Desiring Sculptures, Encountering the Past: Sculpture, Sexulaity and History / Jana Funke and Jen Grove --
Part I. The Desire for the Living Statue and the Desire for the Past : 2. Antiquarian Pygmalions: The Female Body, Ancient Statuary, and the Idea of Imaginary Transport in the Eighteenth Century / Katharina Boehm --
3. Longing for the Past: Eichendorff's Marmorbild, Historical Experience, and the Sexuality of the Masterpieces Room / Elsje van Kessel --
4. Women, or Wax? Eros, Thanatos, and Sculpture in Cinema / Vito Adrianensen --
Part II. Sculptural Decency: Reception, Censorship and Liberation : 5. The Indecent Body of Sculpture: Theodore Storm's Realist Psyche / Catriona MacLeod --
6. A Token of Triumph Cut Down to Size: Jacob Epstein's Rock Drill as Fetish Object / Bernard Vere --
7. Ethics and Erotics: Recpetions of an Ancient Statue of a Nymth and Satyr / Victoria Donnellan --
Part III. Queer Possibilities of Statuary : 8. "Firm Outlines and Hard Muscles Immortalised": Ancient Statuary and E.P. Warren's "Uranian Ideal" --
9. Encountering the Niobe's Children: Vernon Lee's Queer Formalism and the Empathy of Sculpture / Francesco Ventrella --
10. The Queer Materiality of History: H.D., Freud and the Bronze Athena / Jana Funke --
11. "Britain's Most Romantic Museum"?: Lesbian Spectatorship and the Reception of Historic Figural Sculpture at the V&A / Amy Mechowski --
Index.
Series Title: Genders and sexualities in history.
Responsibility: Jana Funke, Jen Grove, editors.

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This book investigates the wide-ranging connections between sculpture, sexuality, and history in Western culture from the eighteenth century to the present. Sculpture has offered a privileged site for the articulation of sexual experience and the formation of sexual knowledge. As historical objects, sculptures also draw attention to the different ways in which knowledge about sexuality is facilitated through an engagement with the past. Bringing together contributors from across disciplines, including art history, classics, film studies, gender studies, history, literary studies, museum studies, queer theory and reception studies, the volume presents original readings of sculptural art in relation to antiquarianism, aesthetics, collecting cultures, censorship and obscenity, psychoanalysis, sexology, and the experience and regulation fo museum spaces. It examines how sculptural encounters were imagined and articulated in literature, painting, film and science. As a whole, the book opens up a new understanding of the ways in which sculptures, as real or imagined objects, have fundamentally shaped approaches to, and receptions of, the past in relation to sex, gender and sexuality--back cover.

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