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By Jonathan Goldberg

The identify of this ebook interprets one of many some ways within which Lucretius names the elemental topic from which the area is made in De rerum natura. In Lucretius, and within the pressure of proposal during this research, topic is often in movement, regularly differing from itself and but continually additionally made from a similar stuff. From the pious Lucy Hutchinson's all yet whole translation of the Roman epic poem to Margaret Cavendish's repudiation of atomism (but no longer of its basic difficult of sameness and difference), a imperative trouble of this e-book ishow a thoroughgoing materialism might be learn along different traces within the considered the early smooth interval, fairly 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 wondering sexuality provided by way of Lucretian materialism. Sameness of subject isn't really easily a query of same-sex intercourse, and the kin 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 sort that Lucretiusrecommends and that Foucault studied within the ultimate volumes of his background of sexuality.Although English literature is the book's major hindrance, 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, result in a bankruptcy that takes up the function that Lucretius has performed in thought, from Bergson and Marx to Foucault and Deleuze.This research will be of shock to scholars of faith, philosophy, gender, and sexuality, particularly as they impinge on questions of representation.

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