Is the Rectum a Grave? And Other Essays

ISBN-10: 0226043541

ISBN-13: 9780226043548

Edition: 2010

Authors: Leo Bersani
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Description: Over the course of a distinguished career, critic Leo Bersani has tackled a range of issues in his writing, and this collection gathers together some of his finest work. Beginning with one of the foundations of queer theoryhis famous meditation on how sex leads to a shattering of the self, "Is the Rectum a Grave?"this volume charts the inspired connections Bersani has made between sexuality, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics. Over the course of these essays, Bersani grapples with thinkers ranging from Plato to Descartes to Georg Simmel. Foucault and Freud recur as key figures, and although Foucault rejected psychoanalysis, Bersani contends that by considering his ideas alongside Freud's, one gains a clearer understanding of human identity and how we relate to one another. For Bersani, art represents a crucial guide for conceiving new ways of connecting to the world, and so, in many of these essays, he stresses the importance of aesthetics, analyzing works by Genet, Caravaggio, Proust, Almodovar, and Godard. Documenting over two decades in the life of one of the best minds working in the humanities today, Is the Rectum a Grave? and Other Essays is a unique opportunity to explore the fruitful career of a formidable intellect.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

Preface
The Sexual Subject
Is the Rectum a Grave?
Is There a Gay Art?
Gay Betrayals
Sociability and Cruising
Aggression, Gay Shame, and Almod�var's Art
Toward an Aesthetic Subject
Against Monogamy
Sociality and Sexuality
Can Sex Make Us Happy?
Fr-oucault and the End of Sex
Psychoanalysis and the Aesthetic Subject
The Will to Know
Two Interviews
A Conversation with Leo Bersani
Beyond Redemption: An Interview with Leo Bersani
Index
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