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Personally Speaking Event Nov 14: "Behold the Man"

Please join us on November 14 in Atkins Library for Dr. Kent Brintnall's  presentation and discussion of his new book:  Ecce Homo: the Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure.  

"Images of suffering male bodies permeate Western culture, from Francis Bacon’s paintings and Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs to the battered heroes of action movies. Drawing on perspectives from a range of disciplines—including religious studies, gender and queer studies, psychoanalysis, art history, and film theory—Ecce Homo explores the complex, ambiguous meanings of the enduring figure of the male-body-in-pain.

Acknowledging that representations of men confronting violence and pain can reinforce ideas of manly tenacity, Kent L. Brintnall also argues that they reveal the vulnerability of men’s bodies and open them up to eroticization. Locating the roots of our cultural fascination with male pain in the crucifixion, he analyzes the way narratives of Christ’s death and resurrection both support and subvert cultural fantasies of masculine power and privilege. Through stimulating readings of works by Georges Bataille, Kaja Silverman, and more, Brintnall delineates the redemptive power of representations of male suffering and violence."  (from the Amazon website)

About the author:

Kent Brintnall is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Affiliate Faculty for Women's & Gender Studies. He teaches courses in feminist and queer theory, literary theory, masculinity studies, visual and popular culture and the Christian tradition. His book draws on perspectives from a range of disciplines—including religious studies, gender and queer studies, psychoanalysis, art history, and film theory—and explores the complex, ambiguous meanings of the enduring figure of the male-body-in-pain.

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