Is the Rectum a Grave?: and Other Essays
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Is the Rectum a Grave?: and Other Essays

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Over the course of a distinguished career, critic Leo Bersani has tackled a range of issues in his writing, and this collection gathers together some of his finest work. Beginning with one of the foundations of queer theory—his famous meditation on how sex leads to a shattering of the self, “Is the Rectum a Grave?”—this volume charts the inspired connections Bersani has

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2009)
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Michael
Bersani's Is the Rectum a Grave? is largely a project to put Focault's injunction to look for new ways of relating to each other, psychoanalytical thought, and aesthetics in conversation with each other. Because it is a collection of essays, lectures, and interviews, it gets a tad repetitive at times, but this repetition is also helpful in that it approaches the same questions from a variety of ways. Ultimately, Bersani's writing addresses "our most urgent project now: redefining modes of relati...more
Michael Dipietro
I've only read the title essay of this book, but it was absolutely mind blowing. This is real protest writing, and Bersani takes no prisoners; his observations are startlingly honest and totally irreverent to any ideology of gender, class, or sexuality. I found his conclusion a bit lacking after the vitriol of the first 19 pages, even a bit weak, but I think I need to re-read it.

I'm not super familiar with queer theory, but this essay feels like essential reading for gay men.
Sara
Only was going to re-read title essay but was entranced by these essays and interviews. I will need my own copy because the library is already calling this one back. I feel like all my floundering around in Freudian texts found a purpose with Bersani's ideas.
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