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Religion and sex, body and soul, sacred and profane: In Closet Devotions, Richard Rambuss traces the relays between these cultural formations by examining the issue of “sacred eroticism,” the literary or artistic expression of devotional feelings in erotic terms that has repeatedly occurred over the centuries. Rather than dismissing such expression as mere convention, Rambuss takes it seriously as a form of erotic discourse, one that gives voice to desires that, outside the sphere of sacred rapture, would otherwise be deemed taboo.

Through startling rereadings of works ranging from the devotional verse of the metaphysical poets (Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, and Traherne) to photographer Andres Serrano’s controversial “Piss Christ,” from Renaissance religious iconography to contemporary gay porn, Rambuss uncovers the highly charged erotic imagery that suffuses religious devotional art and literature. And he explores one of Christian culture’s most guarded (and literal) closets—the prayer closet itself, a privileged space where the vectors of same-sex desire can travel privately between the worshiper and his or her God.

Elegantly written and theoretically astute, Closet Devotions illuminates the ways in which sacred Christian devotion is homoeroticized, a phenomenon that until now has gone unexplored in current scholarship on religion, the body, and its passions. This book will attract readers across a wide array of disciplines, including gay and lesbian studies, literary theory and criticism, Renaissance studies, and religion.

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""Closet Devotions" is a bold and original work. Rambuss asks us to take seriously the relation between sexual and religious affect in the Renaissance devotional lyric, without reducing one to the other. In a series of virtuoso readings, he brings together two previously distant fields of scholarly inquiry, enriching our sense of the affective intensity of religious lyric at the same time that he demonstrates the astonishing scope of human sexuality."--John David Guillory, Harvard University

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A study of sacred eroticism in Renaissance poetry.

About the Author

Richard Rambuss is Associate Professor of English at Emory University. He is the author of Spenser’s Secret Career.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822321972
Author:
Rambuss, Richard
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Michele Ainabarale
Author:
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky
Author:
Barale, Mich&egrave
Author:
Goldberg, Jonathan
Author:
Mich&egrave
Author:
le Aina Barale
Author:
Moon, Michael
Author:
le Aina
Author:
Rambuss
Location:
Durham, NC :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Devotional literature
Subject:
Sex in literature
Subject:
Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines -- 17th century.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Desire in literature
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Series Q
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.26x5.88x.60 in. .76 lbs.

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