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Sexually Explicit Art, Feminist Theory, and Gender in the 1970s


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Introduction 1. A Malleable Body 2. Through the Object's Eye 3. Feminist Pleasures/Pleasurable Feminism 4. Libidinal Disruptions and Homosexual Desire 5. Conclusion

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Christian Liclair is an art historian and critic. He obtained his Ph.D. from Freie Universitat Berlin in 2021.


"With detailed analysis of sexually explicit works by Mapplethorpe, Semmel, Tompkins, and Corinne, this book explores how these artists emancipated desire from the heteronormative and patriarchal culture of their time as well as our own. Uniquely bringing together artists across of different gender and sexual identifications, it theorizes their transformative visualizations of sexual experiences that have been marginalized in contemporary American society. In doing so, Liclair's insightful book provides a crucial resource for future studies of sexuality and gender in contemporary art."Miriam Kienle, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Kentucky, USA"Christian Liclair's Sexually Explicit Art, Feminist Theory, and Gender in the 1970s is a crucial and ambitious art history of pleasure and desire in 1970s feminist art. Liclair's Sexually Explicit Art begins with theorizing the sexually explicit in the context of Robert Mapplethorpe's photography. Liclair then carefully reads critical theory such as Deleuze and Guattari while bringing the sexually explicit art of Joan Semmel, Tee Corinne, and Betty Tompkins into the conversation."John-Michael H. Warner, Kent State University, USA

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