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

Paperback | January 23, 2012

byKent L. Brintnall

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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.

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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 explore...

Kent L. Brintnall is assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies and affiliate professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 23, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226074706

ISBN - 13:9780226074702

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations

Prelude
One     Suffering|Triumph
Two     Masochism|Masculinity
Three   Content|Form
Four    Crucifixion|Representation

Postlude

Works Cited
Index