Hi, my name's Adriana. My blog consists of the following obsessions: Queer History, Antoine Saint-Just, the French Revolution, the broader 18th century, and general homosexuality. See my tags list for more.
“The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History examines the portrayals of the nude in homoerotic context from Antiquity, the Renaissance, and the 18th and 19th centuries to our contemporary period” (From the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation, INC.)
"As Saint-Just saw the revolutionary drama swept daily into more passionate and starker scenes, his patience forsook him, and in bitter envy he began to curse those fortunate friends who had outstripped him in the race to Paris, yet would not help him to follow. A letter written at the close of July, 1792, to his compatriot Daubigny, in Paris, is a startling mirror of his mood.
"I entreat you, my dear friend, to come to the Fête; I implore you; nevertheless, do not neglect your municipality. I have proclaimed here the destiny I divine for you; you will one day be a great man of the Republic, As for me, since I came here i have been fired with a republican fever that devours and consumes me…It is a disaster that I cannot remain in Paris. I feel within me something which triumphs with the age. Companion of glory and of liberty, preach them in your sections; let danger be your inspiration. Go to see Desmoulins, embrace him for me, and tell him he will never see me again. That I esteem his patriotism, but that I scorn him because I have penetrated his soul and he fears that I shall betray him. Tell him not to abandon the good cause, enjoin it on him, for he lacks the courage of a magnanimous virtue. Farewell; I am above misfortunate. I will endure anything, but I will tell the truth. You are all despicable, you who have not appreciated me. My palm, for all that, may some day rise and obscure yours! Infamous wretches that you are, I am a cheat, a rascal, because i have no money to give you. Tear out my heart and eat that. You will become what you are not at all: great!…
O God, must Brutus languish forgotten, far from Rome! My resolution is made, however. If Brutus does not kill the others he will kill himself…
- Saint-Just [July, 1792]”
…At the very moment his pen traced this furious letter (which it is possible he never sent, since it was found among his papers after Thermidor), Fate was throwing down the barriers on the road to his desire."
-Geoffrey Bruun, Saint-Just: Apostle of The Terror, pg. 22-23
Dealing with questions on the meaning of eroticism in Renaissance England and its separation from other affective relations, Queer Renaissance Historiography examines the distinctive arrangement of sexuality during this period, and the role that queer theory has played in our understanding. As such this book not only reflects on the practice of writing a queer history of Renaissance England, but also suggests new directions for this practice.
Queer Renaissance Historiography collects original contributions from leading experts, participating in a range of critical conversations whilst prompting scholars and students alike to reconsider what we think we know about sex and sexuality in Renaissance England. Presenting ethical, political and critical analyses of Early Modern texts, this book sets the tone for future scholarship on Renaissance sexualities, making a timely intervention in theoretical and methodological debates.