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Catherine Driscoll

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034249

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034249.001.0001

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Modern Love

Modern Love

Sex Education, Popular Culture, and the Public Sphere

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(p.66) 3 Modern Love
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Modernist Cultural Studies
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Catherine Driscoll

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034249.003.0004

This chapter traces a discourse on “modern love.” Love is rarely considered as a dimension of Modernist revolution, and in focusing on love this chapter also wants to displace the now established associations between avant-garde modernism and sexuality rather than love. Michel Foucault sets out in The History of Sexuality, An Introduction (1976) to challenge an image of sexual liberation in which speaking about sex was both illicit and an inevitable sign of social progress. This chapter examines the intersection of the relation between art and the popular with the relation between subjectivity and expertise, and finds in that intersection what has come to be called “the public sphere.” The chapter begins with two concepts from Foucault's Introduction that could stand to be elaborated together more often: bio-power and the injunction to speak of sex.

Keywords:   modern love, sex, public sphere, Michel Foucault, modernism, sexuality, sexual liberation, bio-power, art

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