Berkeley English Faculty

James Grantham Turner

James Grantham Turner

James D Hart Professor

Wheeler Hall, room 333
not teaching, but welcomes emails
grantham@berkeley.edu
510-642-2749


Books
Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy
Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy

Focusing on the impact of the erotic revolution that swept through 16th-century Italy, Eros Visible presents a compendious, revisionist account of High Renaissance art. Through close visual analysis of artworks and careful reading of related texts, J....(read more)

Schooling Sex: Libertine Literature and Erotic Education in Italy, France, and England 1534-1685
Schooling Sex: Libertine Literature and Erotic Education in Italy, France, and England 1534-1685

How did Casanova learn the `theory' of sex? Why did male pornographers write as intellectual women? What forms of sexuality emerged in the age of educational, scientific, and political revolution? To answer, Schooling Sex reconstructs the vivid and ....(read more)

Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London: Sexuality, Politics and Literary Culture, 1630-1685
Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London: Sexuality, Politics and Literary Culture, 1630-1685

A `Deluge of Libertinism' swept through England in the turbulent seventeenth century: class- and gender-relations went into deep crisis - and sexually-explicit literature took the blame. Turner reads Civil War and Restoration porno-political satire ....(read more)

One Flesh: Paradisal Marriage and Sexual Relations in the Age of Milton
One Flesh: Paradisal Marriage and Sexual Relations in the Age of Milton

How did the myth of Adam and Eve affect historical understandings of sex and gender? Was sexuality the 'true Paradise' or the destroying serpent? These questions came to a head in Milton, torn between eroticism and hatred of the flesh, between patri....(read more)

The Politics of Landscape: Rural Scenery and Society in English Poetry, l630-l660
The Politics of Landscape: Rural Scenery and Society in English Poetry, l630-l660

Artists, poets, agriculturalists and political theorists construct the imaginary countryside of England while the country itself, from landowner to peasant, tears itself apart in the Civil War. Awarded the Thomas J. Wilson Prize, l979....(read more)