Mobility is one of Leo Bersani’s hardest-working terms, ubiquitous in his many studies of sexuality, art, and culture. This essay examines the valences of the term with specific reference to Bersani’s application of it in visual analyses, notably in his 1985 book on ancient Assyrian narrative sculptures, The Forms of Violence (with photographs by Ulysse Dutoit).
whitney davis is George C. and Helen N. Pardee Distinguished Professor of History and Theory of Ancient and Modern Art at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent books are Visuality and Virtuality: Images and Pictures from Prehistory to Perspective (Princeton University Press, 2017) and Visions of Art History (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming). He is currently completing a book on “queer ethics” imagined in Victorian moral philosophy.
Whitney Davis; Mobility. differences 1 May 2023; 34 (1): 183–190. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-10435759
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