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Visions of Queer Martyrdom from John Henry Newman to Derek Jarman
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Visions of Queer Martyrdom from John Henry Newman to Derek Jarman

Dominic Janes

Abstract

The book explores the British cultural tradition of queer martyrdom that originated in the Roman and Anglican Catholic Revivals of the nineteenth century. As a devotional practice this centred on the envisioning of Christ as an unmarried, suffering, beautiful, queer martyr. Those who wished to purge their own sinful desires and live eternally with Him could seek idealised visions of His eroticisable body in the Mass as the reward for a life of arduous devotion. Men with such tastes might band together in communities of the like-minded. Others, who appreciated the homoerotic potential of such w ... More

Keywords: catholic, Christ, queer, martyrdom, Anglican, AIDS, gay liberation, closet, British, England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226250618
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226250755.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Janes, author