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    William Bennett’s heresy: male same-sex desire and the art of the Eucharist

    Janes, Dominic (2012) William Bennett’s heresy: male same-sex desire and the art of the Eucharist. Journal of Victorian Culture 17 (4), pp. 413-435. ISSN 1355-5502.

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    In 1869, W.J.E. Bennett, one of the most prominent Anglo-Catholic ritualists in Victorian England, was on trial for heresy. He had caused particular outrage by claiming that Jesus Christ was visually present in the Eucharist. This article explores the links between Bennett's writings and his campaign of rebuilding works at his parish church at Frome in Somerset. Bennett advanced a form of incarnational theology that was sufficiently radical that he can be said to have participated in, and even to have contributed to, the development of the visual expression of same-sex desire in later Victorian Britain. The cultural politics of the aestheticized body of Christ mean that incarnational theology can be considered in relation to the development of new forms of homoerotic expression. Bennett's visual and textual legacy suggests avenues for further research into the aesthetic aspects of Victorian religiosity and the religiosity of art.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Anglo-Catholicism, W.J.E. Bennett, Eucharist, homosexuality, Pre-Raphaelite artists, Simeon Solomon
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Dominic Janes
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2013 13:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:00


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