Professor Jongwoo Kim‘s new book Male Bodies Unmade: Picturing Queer Selfhood, published by University of California Press, is now available for pre-order. The book will be out on November 14, 2023.
Male Bodies Unmade explores white men’s disunified physicality in modern and contemporary art while attending to erotic polysemy that questions the visual ethos of Occidental patriarchy. Kim’s approach is informed by his own status as an immigrant—a polyglot queen, drawn to extravagant fantasies of misbehaving bodies that are in truth foreign territories, colonies of misbelief. In six case studies focusing on configurations of irrational anatomy and horny self-extinction, this book celebrates the lessons and pleasures of disrupting art history’s hegemonically Western narratives.