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Ecce Homo: The Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure

Kent L. Brintnall

Abstract

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—this book 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, it also argues that they reveal the vulnerability of men's bodies and ... More

Keywords: male bodies, Western culture, Francis Bacon, Robert Mapplethorpe, action movies, religious studies, queer studies, psychoanalysis, art history, film theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226074696
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226074719.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kent L. Brintnall, author

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