By Jonathan Goldberg
The identify of this publication interprets one of many many ways during which Lucretius names the elemental subject from which the realm is made in De rerum natura. In Lucretius, and within the pressure of inspiration during this research, topic is often in movement, continually differing from itself and but continually additionally made from an analogous stuff. From the pious Lucy Hutchinson's all yet entire translation of the Roman epic poem to Margaret Cavendish's repudiation of atomism (but now not of its basic challenging of sameness and difference), a principal predicament of this e-book ishow a thoroughgoing materialism should be learn along different lines within the considered the early glossy interval, really Christianity.A bankruptcy strikes from Milton's monism to his angels and their insistent corporeality. Milton's angels have intercourse, and, all through, this learn emphasizes the implications for considering sexuality provided via Lucretian materialism. Sameness of subject isn't easily a query of same-sex intercourse, and the family of atoms in Cavendish and Hutchinson are replicated within the phrases during which they think marriages of companions who're additionally their doubles. Likewise, Spenser's knights within the 1590 Faerie Queene pursue the virtues of Holiness, Temperance, and Chastity in quests that take the reader on a direction of askesis of the type that Lucretiusrecommends and that Foucault studied within the ultimate volumes of his background of sexuality.Although English literature is the book's major main issue, it first contemplates kinfolk among Lucretian topic and Pauline flesh when it comes to Tintoretto's portray The Conversion of St. Paul. Theoretical matters raised within the paintings of Agamben and Badiou, between others, result in a bankruptcy that takes up the function that Lucretius has performed in conception, from Bergson and Marx to Foucault and Deleuze.This learn can be of outrage to scholars of faith, philosophy, gender, and sexuality, specifically as they impinge on questions of representation.
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