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Castration

Author: Gary Taylor
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415938815
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This work looks at the West's fascination with, and misunderstanding of, castrated males, focusing on three key periods: the Early Church, the Early Modern, and the 20th century, where, Taylor argues, Freud got it wrong.

Running Scared

Author: Peter Lehman
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814333396
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Running Scared responds to the absence of critical attention to male sexuality in film by bringing representations of phallic masculinity into the spotlight. In his analysis of films, novels, paintings, photographs, popular music, jokes, and videos, Peter Lehman investigates the patriarchal culture that keeps the male body—and especially male genitals—out of sight. Lehman documents the pervasive anxiety underlying images of the male body, arguing that attempts to keep male sexuality hidden in the pursuit of "good taste" and an avoidance of perversion maintains the "male mystique" and preserves the power of the phallus. Lehman examines representations of the male body and male sexuality in a variety of settings and through many different lenses. Among the films he analyzes are Howard Hawks’s Rio Bravo and Rio Lobo; Scarlet Street; feral child films The Wild Child, Kaspar House, and Greystoke; and Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses. In these works, Lehman explores the symbolic enculturation of males, assumptions about power and the male body, and the ways that men’s and women’s bodies are marked differently with regard to scarring, wounding, and aging. In addition to film, Lehman also considers such varied material as Jim Thompson’s noir novel The Nothing Man, sexology and medical representations of male sexuality, the video Dick Talk, penis jokes in Hollywood films of the 1970s and 1980s, and popular music by Roy Orbison. This edition of Running Scared also includes a new chapter on male nudity in the films of the 1990s, adding fresh analysis to this classic text. An updated preface situates the book within the current critical climate. Scholars of film studies, cultural studies, and gender studies and general readers interested in representations of gender and sexuality will appreciate this valuable text.

Lady Chatterley S Legacy In The Movies

Author: Peter Lehman
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813548020
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"Peter Lehman and Susan Hunt have forcefully and brilliantly focused on a genre of film that desperately needed to be yanked out of the shadows into light."---Zalman King, filmmaker "Lehman and Hunt brilliantly track the legacy of Lady Chatterley's foudness for the `body guy' at the expense of the intellectual male in images of (improbable) penile penetration on film. In arguing that non-genital sexualities (and brains) offer better models than violent body masculinities, they productively challenge the anti-intellectualism of much visual culture today."---E. Ann Kaplan, author of Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature "An important, definitive book! Insightfully analyzing the `body guy' genre, the authors persuasively demonstrate the need for and value of a radical reassessment of the discourses previously used to talk about male and female sexual power and pleasure and their representation in film."---Robert Eberwein, author of Armed Forces: Masculinity and Sexuality in the American War Film A new "body guy" genre has emerged in film during the last twenty years--- a working-class man of the earth or bohemian artist awakens and fulfills the sexuality of a beautiful, intelligent woman frequently married or engaged to a sexually incompetent, educated, upper-class man. Lady chatterley's Legacy in the Movies relates a host of wide-ranging films to a literary tradition dating back to Lady Chatterley's Lover and an emerging body culture of our time. Through engaging and compelling narrative, the authors argue that the hero's body, lovemaking style, and penis---revealed through extensive male nudity---celebrate conformity to norms of masculinity and male sexuality. Simultaneously, these films denigrate the vital, creative, erotic world of the mind. Just when women began to compete successfully with men in the workplace, these movies unzipped the penis as the one thing women do not have but want and need for their fulfillment.

A History Of Western Political Thought

Author: J. S. McClelland
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134812108
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A History of Western Political Thought is an energetic and lucid account of the most important political thinkers and the enduring themes of the last two and a half millennia. Written with students of the history of political thought in mind, the book: * traces the development of political thought from Ancient Greece to the late twentieth century * focuses on individual thinkers and texts * includes 40 biographies of key political thinkers * offers original views of theorists and highlights those which may have been unjustly neglected * develops the wider themes of political thought and the relations between thinkers over time.

Cry To Heaven

Author: Anne Rice
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0345396936
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Eighteenth-century Naples provides the setting for the pain, fears, resentments, desires, and triumphs of peasant-born Guido Maffeo and patrician-born Tonio Treschi, two castrati--mentor and angel-voiced student--who strive passionately to live full lives

A Mind Of Its Own

Author: David M. Friedman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439136084
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Whether enemy or ally, demon or god, the source of satisfaction or the root of all earthly troubles, the penis has forced humanity to wrestle with its enduring mysteries. Here, in an enlightening and entertaining cultural study, is a book that gives context to the central role of the penis in Western civilization. A man can hold his manhood in his hand, but who is really gripping whom? Is the penis the best in man -- or the beast? How is man supposed to use it? And when does that use become abuse? Of all the bodily organs, only the penis forces man to confront such contradictions: something insistent yet reluctant, a tool that creates but also destroys, a part of the body that often seems apart from the body. This is the conundrum that makes the penis both hero and villain in a drama that shapes every man -- and mankind along with it. In A Mind of Its Own, David M. Friedman shows that the penis is more than a body part. It is an idea, a conceptual but flesh-and-blood measuring stick of man's place in the world. That men have a penis is a scientific fact; how they think about it, feel about it, and use it is not. It is possible to identify the key moments in Western history when a new idea of the penis addressed the larger mystery of man's relationship with it and changed forever the way that organ was conceived of and put to use. A Mind of Its Own brilliantly distills this complex and largely unexamined story. Deified by the pagan cultures of the ancient world and demonized by the early Roman church, the organ was later secularized by pioneering anatomists such as Leonardo da Vinci. After being measured "scientifically" in an effort to subjugate some races while elevating others, the organ was psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud. As a result, the penis assumed a paradigmatic role in psychology -- whether the patient was equipped with the organ or envied those who were. Now, after being politicized by feminism and exploited in countless ways by pop culture, the penis has been medicalized. As no one has before him, Friedman shows how the arrival of erection industry products such as Viagra is more than a health or business story. It is the latest -- and perhaps final -- chapter in one of the longest sagas in human history: the story of man's relationship with his penis. A Mind of Its Own charts the vicissitudes of that relationship through its often amusing, occasionally alarming, and never boring course. With intellectual rigor and a healthy dose of wry humor, David M. Friedman serves up one of the most thought-provoking, significant, and readable cultural works in years.

Embodying The Monster

Author: Margrit Shildrick
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761970149
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Margrit Shildrick's exploration of the monstrous reveals how humans register concepts of bodily normality and perfection. The author calls upon society to rethink the monstrous, not as an abnormal category, but as a condition of attractiveness.

The Boswell Thesis

Author: Mathew Kuefler
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226457406
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Few books have had the social, cultural, and scholarly impact of John Boswell's Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. Arguing that neither the Bible nor the Christian tradition was nearly as hostile to homoeroticism as was generally thought, its initial publication sent shock waves through university classrooms, gay communities, and religious congregations. Twenty-five years later, the aftershocks still reverberate. The Boswell Thesis brings together fifteen leading scholars at the intersection of religious and sexuality studies to comment on this book's immense impact, the endless debates it generated, and the many contributions it has made to our culture. The essays in this magnificent volume examine a variety of aspects of Boswell's interpretation of events in the development of sexuality from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages, including a Roman emperor's love letters to another man; suspicions of sodomy among medieval monks, knights, and crusaders; and the gender-bending visions of Christian saints and mystics. Also included are discussions of Boswell's career, including his influence among gay and lesbian Christians and his role in academic debates between essentialists and social constructionists. Elegant and thought-provoking, this collection provides a fitting twenty-fifth anniversary tribute to the incalculable influence of Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality and its author.

A Game At Chess 1624

Author: Thomas Middleton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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This is a new edition of Thomas Middleton's A Game at Chess, a highly popular 1624 political drama that was closed by the government for its irreverent satire on contemporary court and international personalities. Throughout the years there have been many versions of the play, posing complex and thought-provoking problems for students and scholars of Renaissance drama. The Malone edition is a new diplomatic text of Middleton's autograph manuscript, adding much important evidence to the debate about Middleton's contribution to Shakespeare's plays.