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Sam Rohdie

Desire Io stesso sono dell’epoca di Mann, Proust, Mahler. Sono nato nel 1906 e il mondo che mi ha circondato, il mondo artistico, ­letterario, musicale, è quel mondo li. Non è un caso che mi ci senta ­attaccato. Probabilmente ho anche dei ricordi visivi, figurativi, una specie di memoria involontaria che mi aiuta a ricostruire l’atmosfera di quell’epoca. Oggi è tutto diverso. Se dovessi fare oggi un film ­moderno non so dove andrei a cercare i miei ambienti; mi sembra tutto molto meno interessante, mi sembra, come dire, molto meno stuzzicante. La società europea

in Film modernism
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Multiple lives and desires in border-crossing prostitution
May- Len Skilbrei

premises alongside Estonian men, especially ethnic Russian Estonian men, Vera told me. And for the women working there, it gave the place a distinct Western atmosphere at the same time as it ensured the women’s anonymity, as they did not risk running into neighbours and people they knew. This experience instilled in Vera a desire to travel to Finland, the country most of her clients came from, to earn

in Borders of desire
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Swinburne and lyric crisis
Marion Thain

The lines of Swinburne’s poetry delineate the poetically perverse, the metrically masochistic, and the sensuously sadistic. Yet it is not the sexual intensity of his poetry that I explore in this chapter, although the pun in my title deliberately evokes these aspects of Swinburne’s poetry to tease from them a perversely chaste account of lyric community. ‘Desire lines’ is

in Algernon Charles Swinburne
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Sexualities on the move?
Andrew Asibong

frankness and a refreshing casualness. Whether via the shyly fellating male lovers of Scènes de lit (1997), the enthusiastic sodomies of 1995’s La Petite Mort, 1996’s Une Robe d’été, and 2005’s Le Temps qui reste, or the unexpectedly numerous all-star Sapphic couplings of 2002’s 8 femmes, Ozon conveys a world in which same-sex desire is both irrepressible and seemingly ubiquitous. 4 While these

in François Ozon
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Cosmography and chorography
Tamsin Badcoe

example, a way of approaching coastal space, which Elizabeth Jane Bellamy has described as the possible site of ‘a numinous poetics’ in Spenser’s poem. 4 Spenser’s Knight of Chastity is famously good at crossing thresholds and the origins of her quest are located using both the contours of regional Welsh geography and an unusual interest in the names of places. 5 In order to sound Glauce’s meaning when she avows to her charge that she will try ‘by wrong or right/ To compas [her] desire, and find that loued knight’ (III.ii.46), I connect Spenser’s regional descriptions

in Edmund Spenser and the romance of space
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Gender and sexuality at the eastern borders of Europe

Borders of Desire takes a novel approach to the study of borders: rather than seeing them only as obstacles to the fulfilment of human desires, this collection focuses on how borders can also be productive of desire. Based on long-term ethnographic engagement with sites along the eastern borders of Europe, particularly in the Baltics and the Balkans, the studies in this volume illuminate how gendered and sexualized desires are generated by the existence of borders and how they are imagined. The book takes a performative approach, emphasizing not what borders are, but what borders do – and in this case, what they produce. Borders are thus treated less as artefacts of desires and more as sources of desire: a border’s existence, which marks a difference between here and there, can trigger imaginations about what might be on the other side, creating new desires expressed as aspirations, resentments, and actions including physical movements across borders for pleasure or work, while also as enactments of political ideals or resistance. As the chapters show, sometimes these desires spring from orientalising imaginaries of the other, sometimes from economically inspired fantasies of a different life, and sometimes from ethnosexual projections or reimaginings of political pasts and futures. Taken as a whole, Borders of Desire offers new perspectives on the work borders do, as well as on the gendered and sexed lives of those in and from the eastern borders of Europe, and the persistent East/West symbolic divide that continues to permeate European political and social life.

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Anne-Meike Fechter

role of desire in the development process, even though it has often been ignored, betraying a ‘a suspicion of human/social passions, which threaten to destabilize and alienate the subject, divide social identity, and thus endanger development's projects, intentions, aspirations’ (Kapoor 2020 :4). Similarly, Arturo Escobar admits that ‘development is a desiring machine … not only an apparatus of governmentality’ (Escobar and Rocheleau 2008 :175). The desire described by Kapoor has often been analysed as being on the side of the (overseas) supporters, but Munny

in Everyday humanitarianism in Cambodia
Wan-Chuan Kao

persistently marks his affective conditions, such as desire, longing, pain, anger and awe. In Clough’s formulation, ghosted bodies are the detritus of erased histories of labour and production, part of ‘the disavowals constitutive of Western industrial capitalist societies’. 5 ‘Ghosted’ denotes haunting, for the disavowed body of capitalism is haunted by the traumatic erasure of its

in White before whiteness in the late Middle Ages
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Fantastic Renaissance spectacles
Elisabeth Bronfen
Beate Neumeier

questions about the act of seeing, the nature of perception and its relation to knowledge. These uncertainties emerge in transformational processes foregrounding themes of vision and themes of desire and their intersections with shifting emphasis (to borrow Todorov’s distinction without its theoretical underpinnings). The obsession with monstrous creatures and horrifying

in Gothic Renaissance
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EU border-making and anti-LGBT mobilisation in Serbia
Katja Kahlina
Dušica Ristivojević

when Serbia’s aspirations to EU accession brought it under increased monitoring by the EU. Our key question is the following: to what extent and in what ways does the border-making practice of associating the EU with gay tolerance produce a desire to claim national and cultural difference? In order to address this question, we explore the links between demands posed by the EU concerning LGBT rights and

in Borders of desire