By Richard Rambuss
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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