Roman Charity

Queer Lactations in Early Modern Visual Culture

»Roman Charity« investigates the iconography of the breastfeeding daughter from the perspective of queer sexuality and erotic maternity. The volume explores the popularity of a topic that appealed to early modern observers for its eroticizing shock value, its ironic take on the concept of Catholic »charity«, and its implied critique of patriarchal power structures. It analyses why early modern viewers found an incestuous, adult breastfeeding scene »good to think with« and aims at expanding and queering our notions of early modern sexuality. Jutta Gisela Sperling discusses the different visual contexts in which »Roman Charity« flourished and reconstructs contemporary horizons of expectation by reference to literary sources, medical practice, and legal culture.

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2016-11-07, 430 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-3284-2

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Jutta Gisela Sperling, Hampshire College, MA, USA

»Sperlings book is a useful addition to scholarly conversations in several fields and disciplines – art history and early modern gender studies in particular. Though not a text for an introductory course, it provides more advanced students and researchers with thoughtful and creative tools for analyzing the transmission of images through time as well as about the ways in which we engage the meaning and reception of those images.«
Peter Carlson, Comitatus, 48 (2017)
Book title
Roman Charity Queer Lactations in Early Modern Visual Culture
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
430
Features
kart., zahlr. z.T. farb. Abb.
ISBN
978-3-8376-3284-2
DOI
Commodity Group
1581
BIC-Code
ABA JFD JFSK HBTB
BISAC-Code
ART009000 SOC052000 SOC012000 HIS054000
THEMA-Code
ABA JBCT JBSJ NHTB
Release date
2016-11-07
Edition
1
Topics
Geschlecht, Bild, Kulturgeschichte
Readership
Art History, History, Visual Culture, Gender Studies
Keywords/Tags
Visual Culture, Queer Studies, Early Modern History, Gender, Patriarchy, Art, Image, Cultural History, Visual Studies, Queer Theory, Art History, Fine Arts

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