Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire by Eric Berkowitz PDF

By Eric Berkowitz

ISBN-10: 1582437963

ISBN-13: 9781582437965

The “raging frenzy” of the intercourse force, to exploit Plato’s word, has regularly defied keep an eye on. although, that’s to not say that the Sumerians, Victorians, and each civilization in among and past haven't attempted, wielding their so much bold weapon: the legislations. At any given time limit, a few different types of intercourse have been condoned whereas others have been punished mercilessly. leap ahead or backward a century or (and frequently a ways under that), and the innocuous enjoyable of 1 period of time turns into the gravest crime in one other. Judging Desire tells the tale of the fight in the course of the millennia to manage the main robust engine of human behavior.

Writer and legal professional Eric Berkowitz makes use of flesh-and-blood cases—much flesh or even extra blood—to evoke the whole sweep of Western intercourse legislations, from the savage impalement of an historic Mesopotamian adulteress to the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde in 1895 for “gross indecency.” the forged of Judging Desire is as different because the varieties taken by means of human hope itself: royal mistresses, homosexual charioteers, medieval transvestites, lonely goat-lovers, prostitutes of all stripes, London hire boys. each one of them had forbidden intercourse, and every used to be judged—and justice, as Berkowitz indicates, hardly ever had a lot to do with it.
With the sunshine contact of a common storyteller, Berkowitz spins those stories and extra, going at the back of closed doorways to bare the fundamental background of human desire.

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She will be of the lineage of Dan and will conceive a son. He will call himself Antichrist and make the people love him through gifts, through fraudulent preaching, and through the resuscitation of the dead, whom he will bring back to life; even the treasures of the world will be, in truth, completely at his disposal. (lines 207–23) The goal is to seduce a Jewish prostitute living in Babylon, the play’s dramatic version of the apocalyptic Whore of Babylon (Rev. 17) and the way it imaginatively merges two apparently unrelated strands of exegesis concerning Antichrist’s origins—that he will be born of the 14 For the influence of Adso’s Libellus see Emmerson, Antichrist, 74–107.

For a reproduction, see Emmerson, Antichrist, fig. , The Apocalypse and the Shape of Things to Come (London: British Museum Press, 1999), 93–94, cat. no. 22; and Wright, Art and Antichrist, 170–71 and illus. 47, 48. antichrist on page and stage in the later middle ages 19 The Jour du Jugement separates the original preaching of Enoch and Elijah from the representation of their death, treating their sermon as an introductory warning before staging Antichrist’s own preaching, miracles, and persecutions.

P. 266. 7 36 peter cockett its audience? And how did it ensure the audience’s response to the Antichrist’s miracles was distinct from its response to the prophets’ presentation of the Eucharist? Directing The Coming of Antichrist offered me the chance to explore these questions in practice and from the point of view of the theatrical producer. Richard K Emmerson’s essay, “Contextualizing Performance: The Reception of the Chester Antichrist,” explores possible changes in the reception of the play over the course of its history.

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