Eros in the Mind's Eye: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film

Eros in the Mind's Eye: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film

Eros in the Mind's Eye: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film

Eros in the Mind's Eye: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film

Synopsis

This lively collection offers a wide-ranging exploration of the erotic and the fantastic in painting, illustration, and frilm. It covers Western art of six centuries--from medieval woodcuts to contemporary poster art--and the cinema of six decades--from horror classics of the 1930s to recent slasher films--documenting the surprising variety of guises in which sexuality appears in fantasy art and cinema. Among the subjects treated are occult eroticism in Medieval and Renaissance art; the use of fantasy as a vehicle for depicting erotic subjects in periods of sexual repression; the fascination with unconscious and aberrant sexuality in the visual arts since the publication of Freud's theories; movie monsters and aliens as emblems of the submerged id or libido; and monstrous metamorphosis as a symbol of the changes accompanying puberty.

Excerpt

Donald Palumbo

A companion volume to Greenwood Press's Erotic Universe: Sexuality and Fantastic Literature, this collection of eighteen scholarly essays explores the depiction of sexuality in fantastic artworks employing visual media, primarily two-dimensional art and film. the collection attempts as thorough a consideration of this subject as can be attained in a single volume. It covers the Western art of six centuries, from Medieval woodcuts to contemporary poster art, and the cinema of six decades, from horror classics of the 1930s to recent slasher films. in all, these essays discuss over 100 fantastic woodcuts, prints, paintings, drawings, and illustrations by seventy-five artists, from Hans von Aachen to Boris Vallejo, and nearly 100 science fiction, fantasy, and horror films, from Alien to Werewolf of London, as well as seventy-eight "Star Trek" television episodes. Yet, while the works considered range from high art to mass entertainment, from Medieval to postmodern, and from the celebrated to the obscure, this study reveals a surprising consistency of interests, concerns, symbols, and themes--and of interrelationship between artworks and their social contexts--that affirms an undeniable unity suffusing the interpretation of sexuality through the fantastic in visual media.

Paul Grootkerk "Occult Eroticism in Fantastic Art of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries" is an encyclopedic discussion . . .

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