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Spotlight: Behold the Man

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The male figure through the lens of art, violence, sex and religion provides the focus for the Personally Speaking series talk by Dr. Kent L. Brintnall on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM in J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte.

Brintnall will talk about his book, Ecce Homo: The Male-Body-in-Pain as Redemptive Figure. Translated from Latin, the words Ecce Homo mean "Behold the Man." Critics have called Brintnall’s book engaging, precisely balanced and a model for academic writers.

In his talk, Brintnall will focus on Francis Bacon's paintings and their depiction of suffering male bodies. He will discuss these images' relation to more traditional crucifixion imagery, as well as how they connect to claims of masculine power and privilege.

Brintnall is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Affiliate Faculty for Women's & Gender Studies. He teaches courses in feminist and queer theory, literary theory, masculinity studies, visual and popular culture and the Christian tradition.

This talk is the second in the 2012-2013 Personally Speaking series, which further connects the community with College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty and is co-sponsored by the College and Atkins Library. The talk will be held in the Dale Halton Reading Room, and a reception and book-signing will follow.

Reservations are requested via email or by phone at 704-687-0085. Parking tokens will be provided to guests who do not have UNC Charlotte parking permits.

The first speaker in this year’s series was Dr. Richard Leeman, author of The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama. The remaining 2012-2013 authors are: Dr. Joyce Dalsheim, author of Unsettling Gaza: Secular Liberalism, Radical Religion and the Israeli Settlement Project, Feb. 12, 2013, UNC Charlotte Center City; and Dr. Tanure Ojaide, author of The Beauty I Have Seen, Mar. 26, 2013, Atkins Library.