Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio
‘Reading between the lines of history’
in Luminous presence
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Chapter 3 offers a reading of Derek Jarman's playful engagement with Caravaggio’s self-portraits in Derek Jarman's Caravaggio. It explores the ways that Jarman revises the autobiographical meanings presented by Caravaggio in order to make the historical figure’s dramatic work speak to issues of queer representation in the early 1980s. In doing so, the project marks a turning point in Jarman's work, where his experimentation with self-representation took on a clear political intent.

Luminous presence

Derek Jarman’s life-writing

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