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Castration

Castration Author Gary Taylor
ISBN-10 0415938813
Release 2002-01
Pages 307
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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

Running Scared Author Peter Lehman
ISBN-10 0814333397
Release 2007
Pages 284
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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

Lady Chatterley s Legacy in the Movies Author Peter Lehman
ISBN-10 9780813548029
Release 2010
Pages 200
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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

A History of Western Political Thought Author J. S. McClelland
ISBN-10 9781134812103
Release 2005-07-15
Pages 824
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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.



A Mind of Its Own

A Mind of Its Own Author David M. Friedman
ISBN-10 9781439136089
Release 2008-09-04
Pages 368
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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

Embodying the Monster Author Margrit Shildrick
ISBN-10 0761970142
Release 2002
Pages 153
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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.



Art Is an Endangered Species

Art Is an Endangered Species Author Margaret Ann Zaho
ISBN-10 1465249818
Release 2014-06-12
Pages 264
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Art Is an Endangered Species has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Art Is an Endangered Species also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Art Is an Endangered Species book for free.



The Boswell Thesis

The Boswell Thesis Author Mathew Kuefler
ISBN-10 0226457400
Release 2006-03-01
Pages 348
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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.



Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages

Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages Author Larissa Tracy
ISBN-10 9781843843511
Release 2013
Pages 351
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Essays exploring medieval castration, as reflected in archaeology, law, historical record, and literary motifs.



Buying Whiteness

Buying Whiteness Author Gary Taylor
ISBN-10 1403960712
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 512
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What does it mean to be white? When and why did men buy the idea that they were "whites," and who sold it to them? The secret history of whiteness is told, for the first time, in this important book by an internationally-acclaimed cultural historian and journalist. Gary Taylor tracks the growth of modern white identity through the history of art, law, literature, science, and sexuality--and through the eyes of black and brown observers. From Columbus to George W. Bush, from Shakespeare to Eminem, from John Bunyan to George Wallace, Buying Whiteness will transform the way you read our past and present.



Going to Meet the Man

Going to Meet the Man Author James Baldwin
ISBN-10 9780804149754
Release 2013-09-17
Pages 256
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"There's no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it." The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, and their stories, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in which they try to keep their head above water. It may be the heroin that a down-and-out jazz pianist uses to face the terror of pouring his life into an inanimate instrument. It may be the brittle piety of a father who can never forgive his son for his illegitimacy. Or it may be the screen of bigotry that a redneck deputy has raised to blunt the awful childhood memory of the day his parents took him to watch a black man being murdered by a gleeful mob. By turns haunting, heartbreaking, and horrifying--and informed throughout by Baldwin's uncanny knowledge of the wounds racism has left in both its victims and its perpetrators--Going to Meet the Man is a major work by one of our most important writers.



Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom

Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom Author Laura Engelstein
ISBN-10 0801488796
Release 2003-11-01
Pages 304
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Of the many sects that broke from the official Russian Orthodox church in the eighteenth century, one was universally despised. Its members were peasants from the Russian heartland skilled in the arts of animal husbandry who turned their knives on themselves to become "eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake." Convinced that salvation came only with the literal excision of the instruments of sin, they were known as Skoptsy (the self-castrated). Their community thrived well into the twentieth century, when it was destroyed in the Stalinist Terror.In a major feat of historical reconstruction, Laura Engelstein tells the sect's astonishing tale. She describes the horrified reactions to the sect by outsiders, including outraged bureaucrats, physicians, and theologians. More important, she allows the Skoptsy a say in defining the contours of their history and the meaning behind their sacrifice. Her deft handling of their letters and notebooks lends her book unusual depth and pathos, and she provides a heartbreaking account of willing exile and of religious belief so strong that its adherents accepted terrible pain and the denial of a basic human experience. Although the Skoptsy express joy at their salvation, the words of even the most fervent believers reveal the psychological suffering of life on society's margins.No foreign tribe or exotic import, the sect drew its members from the larger peasant society where marriage was expected and adulthood began with the wedding night. Set apart by the very act that guaranteed their redemption, these "lambs of God" became adept at concealing their sectarian identity as they interacted with their Orthodox neighbors. Interaction was necessary, Engelstein explains, since the survival of the Skoptsy depended upon recruitment of new members and on success in agriculture and trade.Realizing that some prejudices have changed little over the centuries, Engelstein cautions that "we must not cast the shadow of our own distress on the story of the Skoptsy. Their physical suffering was something they willingly embraced." In Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom, she has produced a remarkable history that also illuminates the mysteries of the human heart.



Ballet in Western Culture

Ballet in Western Culture Author Carol Lee
ISBN-10 0415942578
Release 2002
Pages 368
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While white racism has global dimensions, it has an unshakeable lease on life in South African political organizations and its educational system. Donnarae MacCann and Yulisa Maddy here provide a thorough and provocative analysis of South African children's literature during the key decade around Nelson Mandela's release from prison. Their research demonstrates that the literature of this period was derived from the same milieu -- intellectual, educational, religious, political, and economic -- that brought white supremacy to South Africa during colonial times. This volume is a signal contribution to the study of children's literature and its relation to racism and social conditions.



Anthropology The Human Challenge

Anthropology  The Human Challenge Author William Haviland
ISBN-10 9780495810841
Release 2010-03-05
Pages 784
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The well-known team of Haviland, Prins, Walrath, and McBride continue to provide students with a vivid, thought-provoking edition of ANTHROPOLOGY that emphasizes the interconnections of the world’s cultures and the relevance of the field of anthropology in their own lives. Known for its holistic, integrated approached to the four fields of anthropology, the book’s rich visual program and cohesive framework enable students to more easily understand the impact of biology and culture in shaping behaviors and beliefs, and gain real insight into the usefulness of anthropology for living and working in the globalized world of the 21st century. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.



A game at chess 1624

A game at chess  1624 Author Thomas Middleton
ISBN-10 UOM:39015021855385
Release 1990
Pages 119
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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.



Transgender China

Transgender China Author H. Chiang
ISBN-10 9781137082503
Release 2012-12-23
Pages 304
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This volume brings together experts with diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the China field, from cultural studies to history to musicology, to make a timely intervention—from the historical demise of enuchism to male cross-dressing shows in contemporary Taiwan—to inaugurate a subfield in Chinese transgender studies.



Marx at the Margins

Marx at the Margins Author Kevin B. Anderson
ISBN-10 9780226345703
Release 2016-02-12
Pages 344
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In Marx at the Margins, Kevin Anderson uncovers a variety of extensive but neglected texts by Marx that cast what we thought we knew about his work in a startlingly different light. Analyzing a variety of Marx’s writings, including journalistic work written for the New York Tribune, Anderson presents us with a Marx quite at odds with conventional interpretations. Rather than providing us with an account of Marx as an exclusively class-based thinker, Anderson here offers a portrait of Marx for the twenty-first century: a global theorist whose social critique was sensitive to the varieties of human social and historical development, including not just class, but nationalism, race, and ethnicity, as well. Through highly informed readings of work ranging from Marx’s unpublished 1879–82 notebooks to his passionate writings about the antislavery cause in the United States, this volume delivers a groundbreaking and canon-changing vision of Karl Marx that is sure to provoke lively debate in Marxist scholarship and beyond. For this expanded edition, Anderson has written a new preface that discusses the additional 1879–82 notebook material, as well as the influence of the Russian-American philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya on his thinking.