By Jonathan Goldberg

ISBN-10: 082323066X

ISBN-13: 9780823230662

ISBN-10: 0823230678

ISBN-13: 9780823230679

The identify of this e-book interprets one of many many ways within which Lucretius names the fundamental topic from which the area is made in De rerum natura. In Lucretius, and within the pressure of concept during this examine, topic is often in movement, constantly differing from itself and but regularly additionally made from an identical 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 problematical of sameness and difference), a relevant main issue of this ebook is
how a thoroughgoing materialism will be learn along different lines within the considered the early sleek 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 research emphasizes the implications for puzzling over sexuality provided through Lucretian materialism. Sameness of topic isn't really easily a question of same-sex intercourse, and the relatives of atoms in Cavendish and Hutchinson are replicated within the phrases within 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 course of askesis of the type that Lucretius
recommends and that Foucault studied within the ultimate volumes of his historical past of sexuality.

Although English literature is the book’s major crisis, it first contemplates family members among Lucretian topic and Pauline flesh in terms of Tintoretto’s portray The Conversion of St. Paul. Theoretical concerns raised within the paintings of Agamben and Badiou, between others, bring about a bankruptcy that takes up the function that Lucretius has performed in thought, from Bergson and Marx to Foucault and Deleuze.

This examine will be of outrage to scholars of faith, philosophy, gender, and sexuality, specifically as they impinge on questions of representation.

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