Closet Devotions (Series Q) by Richard Rambuss

By Richard Rambuss

Religion and intercourse, physique and soul, sacred and profane: In Closet Devotions, Richard Rambuss strains the relays among those cultural formations via interpreting the difficulty of “sacred eroticism,” the literary or creative expression of devotional emotions in erotic phrases that has time and again happened over the centuries. instead of pushing aside such expression as mere conference, Rambuss takes it heavily as a sort of erotic discourse, one who provides voice to wishes that, outdoor the field of sacred rapture, could rather be deemed taboo.
Through startling rereadings of works starting from the devotional verse of the metaphysical poets (Donne, Herbert, Crashaw, and Traherne) to photographer Andres Serrano’s arguable “Piss Christ,” from Renaissance spiritual iconography to modern homosexual porn, Rambuss uncovers the hugely charged erotic imagery that suffuses spiritual devotional artwork and literature. And he explores certainly one of Christian culture’s such a lot guarded (and literal) closets—the prayer closet itself, a privileged house the place the vectors of same-sex wish can shuttle privately among the worshiper and his or her God.
Elegantly written and theoretically astute, Closet Devotions illuminates the ways that sacred Christian devotion is homoeroticized, a phenomenon that formerly has long past unexplored in present scholarship on faith, the physique, and its passions. This booklet will allure readers throughout a wide range of disciplines, together with homosexual and lesbian reviews, literary idea and feedback, Renaissance reports, and religion.

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