Steven Bruhm

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While his research career has taken him through a number of areas--Romantic fiction, gothic aesthetics, queer narcissism, sexual children, dance--all of his projects are welded together by an interest in the body. Bodies in pain, bodies in pleasure, bodies in choreography, bodies in view: all are sites of cultural (and perhaps extra-cultural) meaning that he explores in his work. It's for this reason that he's so drawn to the gothic. In its depiction of bodies in extreme situations, the gothic allows him to draw together various theories, texts, and historical moments to consider what remains constant in our bodies’ internal mechanisms, and how such consistency butts up against the specifics of a particular cultural production. In his current work on dance, he consider how the body's reactions to pain come to frame choreographies of mortality from the Romantic ballet to Michael Jackson.


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