Javier Samper Vendrell, Grinnell College | Newberry

Javier Samper Vendrell, Grinnell College

Friday, February 19, 2021

3-4:30pm CST

Virtual Seminar via Zoom, Register for Link

German Studies Seminar

Auch ich in Arkadien? Wilhelm von Gloeden’s Homoerotic Photography, Javier Samper Vendrell

I examine the work of Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856–1931) in this seminar. His photographs of Sicilian youths re-enacted the ancient Greek tradition of pederasty. Drawing upon texts by Winckelmann, von Platten, and Goethe, I fabulate the photographer’s interactions with his models, his emotional state, and his desire, while considering how race, class, gender, and power informed the creation of these works. Von Gloeden’s photographs, I contend, illustrate the imperial gaze, the eroticization of the racialized Other, and the exploitation of children and youth.

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, email scholarlyseminars@newberry.org. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.