Is the Rectum a Grave?: and Other Essays

Is the Rectum a Grave?: and Other Essays

Leo Bersani


Over the process a unusual profession, critic Leo Bersani has tackled a number concerns in his writing, and this assortment gathers jointly a few of his most interesting paintings. starting with one of many foundations of queer theory—his recognized meditation on how intercourse results in a shattering of the self, “Is the Rectum a Grave?”—this quantity charts the encouraged connections Bersani has made among sexuality, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics.

Over the process those essays, Bersani grapples with thinkers starting from Plato to Descartes to Georg Simmel. Foucault and Freud recur as key figures, and even if Foucault rejected psychoanalysis, Bersani contends that via contemplating his rules along Freud’s, one profits a clearer realizing of human id and the way we relate to each other. For Bersani, paintings represents an important consultant for conceiving new methods of connecting to the realm, and so, in lots of of those essays, he stresses the significance of aesthetics, reading works by way of Genet, Caravaggio, Proust, Almodóvar, and Godard.

Documenting over twenty years within the lifetime of the most effective minds operating within the humanities at the present time, Is the Rectum a Grave? and different Essays is a distinct chance to discover the fruitful profession of a powerful intellect.

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