This major collection explores the contested nature of love and eroticism, examining the ways in which erotic bodily pleasures have become central to contemporary consumer culture. It investigates the spatial dimension of erotic life through considerations of Bohemian love, the gay city and the ways in which the urban landscape and everyday life have become sexualized — issues which have become central to the emergence of ‘queer’ as a new form of gender politics and more general questions of sexual citizenship. Drawing on the work of feminists, sociologists and cultural theorists, this book contains a wide-ranging and accessible set of contributions to contemporary debates on sexuality, love and eroticism.
The terms ‘Bohemia’ and ‘bohemian’, which came into widespread usage in the 1840s and seem to have lost much of their meaning today, were always ambiguous and contested. The ambiguity alluded, in part, to the contradictory status of artists in Western capitalist society. One artistic reaction was to dramatize ...