Is the Rectum a Grave?: and Other Essays by Leo Bersani

By Leo Bersani

Over the process a individual profession, critic Leo Bersani has tackled a variety of matters 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 well-known meditation on how intercourse ends up 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 though Foucault rejected psychoanalysis, Bersani contends that by way of contemplating his rules along Freud’s, one earnings a clearer figuring out of human id and the way we relate to each other. For Bersani, artwork represents a very important advisor 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 20 years within the lifetime of the most effective minds operating within the humanities this day, Is the Rectum a Grave? and different Essays is a different chance to discover the fruitful profession of an impressive intellect.

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