In Praise of the Whip
Titre / Title : In Praise of the Whip : A Cultural History of Arousal, translated from the German Lob der Peitsche: Eine Kulturgeschichte der Erregung
Éditeur / Publisher : Zone Books
Lieu d’édition / Place of Publication : Brooklyn (NY)
Collection / Series :
Année d’édition originale / First Year of Publication : 2001, 2007 for the English translation
Année d’édition / Year of Publication : 2007
Nombre de pages / Number of Pages : 550
Illustrateur / Illustrator : Artistes variés. / Various artists.
Illustration : Nombreuses illustrations N&B. / Many B&W illustrations.
Langue / Language : Langue anglaise / English Language
Caractéristiques / Specifications : Couverture de toile noire. Jaquette illustrée. / Cover of black cloth. Illustrated dust jacket.
Notes : First edition published by C. H. Beck, Munich.
Résumé / Summary : "In Praise of the Whip: A Cultural History of Arousal is a new history of voluntary flagellation in Europe, from its invention in medieval religious devotion to its use in the modern pornographic imagination. Working with a wide range of religious, literary, and medical texts and images, Niklaus Largier explores the emotional and sensual, religious and erotic excitement of the whip, a crucial instrument of stimulation in devotional and sexual practices. From early modern pornography to the Marquis de Sade and the fantasies of Swinburne and Joyce, the erotic and devotional imagination drew on the whip.
Largier explores how the Reformation and Counter-Reformation problematized the medieval culture of arousal. The stimulating qualities of medieval visual displays, especially flagellant practices, processions, and spectacles, were subjected to a criticism that sought to control the imagination. In modern bourgeois life the practice, effects, and imagery of flagellation became a central site of investigation into concerns and anxieties about exercising emotional self-control and censoring fantasy. Modern references to flagellant practice in the works of Swinburne, Proust, and Joyce testified not only to a "decadent" fascination with "medieval" cultures or "perverse sexuality," but also to a fascination that nineteenth-century censorship, informed by psychopathological discourses, had obliterated. Such evocations of flagellation, Largier explains, were attempts to recover a culture of stimulation and imagination -- both erotic and devotional -- that transcended the modern boundaries of sexuality." Source: Inside cover.
Mots clés : Sadomasochisme Keywords : Sadomasochism
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