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Genders and Sexualities in History

Sculpture, Sexuality and History

Encounters in Literature, Culture and the Arts from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Editors: Funke, Jana, Grove, Jen (Eds.)

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  • Offers a new understanding of the different ways in which the reception of statuary has been shaped by debates about sexuality and history
  • Explores how sculptures have opened up debates about queer desires and identities, as well as obscenity, censorship and morality
  • Brings together leading international experts and cutting-edge scholars from an extensive range of disciplines
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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 of 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.

Chapters 8 and 10 of this book are available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com.

About the authors

Jana Funke is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research focuses on modernist literature and the history of sexuality and the history of sexual science. Previous books include The World and Other Unpublished Works by Radclyffe Hall (2016) and Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture (2011, co-edited with Ben Davies). She directs (with Kate Fisher) the Wellcome Trust-funded 'Rethinking Sexology' project (2015-2020).

Jen Grove is an Engaged Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter, UK. She is employed on the Wellcome Trust-funded 'Rethinking Sexology' project (2015-2020). Jen has published several book chapters and articles on the modern collection and reception of ancient objects and the history of sexuality.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction—Desiring Sculptures, Encountering the Past: Sculpture, Sexuality and History

    Funke, Jana (et al.)

    Pages 1-32

  • Antiquarian Pygmalions: The Female Body, Ancient Statuary, and the Idea of Imaginary Transport in the Eighteenth Century

    Boehm, Katharina

    Pages 35-56

  • Longing for the Past: Eichendorff’s Marmorbild, Historical Experience, and the Sexuality of the Masterpieces Room

    Kessel, Elsje

    Pages 57-79

  • Women, or Wax? Eros, Thanatos, and Sculpture in Cinema

    Adriaensens, Vito

    Pages 81-101

  • The Indecent Body of Sculpture: Theodor Storm’s Realist Psyche

    MacLeod, Catriona

    Pages 105-124

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eBook £59.99
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Hardcover £74.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-95839-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sculpture, Sexuality and History
Book Subtitle
Encounters in Literature, Culture and the Arts from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
Editors
  • Jana Funke
  • Jen Grove
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95840-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95840-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95839-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 280
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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