“Winckelmann: Homosexualität, schwule Kultur, Queer Theory,”
This essay, written in German, looks at the work of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the eighteenth-century founder of art history, in light of his desire for men. It focuses on four parts: (1) Winckelmann’s desire for men, well documented in his biography; (2) his early entry in the canon of famous homosexuals; (3) his effect on the cultural understanding of male-male desire, which is arguably similar to that of Oscar Wilde a century later; (4) the relationship between his writings and modern queer theory.
“Winckelmann: Homosexualität, schwule Kultur, Queer Theory,” forthcoming in Winckelmann Handbuch, ed. Martin Disselkamp and Fausto Testa (Stuttgart: Metzler)