The Art Of Intimacy

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Part 12019013120190427 (R4)

What should good ‘sexual consent’ look, sound and feel like?

Eimear McBride broke new ground with her writing about sex in the novels ‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’ and ‘The Lesser Bohemians’. She was praised for her ‘truth-spilling, uncompromising’ ability to take us right inside the experience of sex. Now Eimear wants to explore the moments just before sex – when consent is still molten and evolving. So where in our literature can we find good examples of this kind of intimacy?

Eimear looks back to Samuel Richardson’s 17th century novel ‘Pamela’ ( one of the most influential writers on later courtship narratives, including the work of Jane Austen), to D.H.Lawrence’s depiction of consent and rejection, to Shakespeare’s comedy cross-dressers, to W.H. Auden and to contemporary writers such as Sarah Hall, Sarah Waters, and the US Romance writer Nora Roberts. She also meets Dr Fern Riddell to explore the possibilities of non-verbal consent (the language of hats and fans), as practised by the Victorians.

Music: composed by 'Scanner'
Producer: Faith Lawrence

Interviewed in this programme:
Sarah Hall, novelist and short story writer - author of ‘The Wolf Border’; editor ( along with Peter Hobbs) of the anthology ‘Sex and Death: Stories’
Professor Judith Hawley (interviewed at the British Library with a first edition of Samuel Richardson’s ‘Pamela’), Royal Holloway, University of London.
Dr Jarlath Killeen, Trinity College, Dublin
Dr Fern Riddell, author of ‘The Victorian Guide to Sex’ and the forthcoming ‘Death in Ten Minutes:The Forgotten life of radical suffragette Kitty Marion’
Dr Catherine Brown, New College of the Humanities
Andrew McMillan, poet and senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Emma Smith, Hertford College, The University of Oxford, author of ‘This is Shakespeare’ (May 2019)
Professor Jacqueline Rose, Birkbeck College, University of London

In part two, Eimear explores ‘consent’ in the performing and visual arts.

Novelist Eimear McBride looks at the way writers have depicted sexual consent.

Our age is confused about sexual consent - what should it look, sound and feel like?

Part 22019020720190427 (R4)

Our age is confused about sexual consent; what should it look, sound and feel like?

Novelist and winner of The Women's Prize for Fiction, Eimear McBride, finds out what artists and performers can tell us about our intimate interactions and conversations, and asks whether we can learn something from them that might help our own relationships.

Eimear meets the cast of Dracula who are working with an Intimacy Director to ensure the sexual contact (in this new interpretation of the play) is authentic and ethical; she finds out how comedy, and drag can help us address the greyest areas of 'consent' with the comedian Natalie Palamides, and takes a fresh look at the way some of the old masters in our galleries depict sexuality. She also challenges the art historian Sara Riccardi to find outstanding 'consensual' depictions of sex in modern art. Sara takes Eimear to see the Arts Council Collection, and shows her works by David Hockney. the Norwegian artist AK Dolven, Clive Hodgson and Jock McFadyen.

Music: composed by Scanner
Producer: Faith Lawrence

Interviewees include:
Ross McGregor, Beatrice Vincent, Conor Moss, and Christopher Tester from Arrows and Traps Theatre Company
Yarit Dor from Theatrical Intimacy
Letizia Treves and Bart Cornelis from The National Gallery
Sara Riccardi from Art Across
Natalie Palamides as 'Nate'

Artworks:
AK Dolven's 'The Kiss';
http://www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk/explore/artist/dolven-k

Jan Steen's 'An Interior with a Man offering an Oyster to a Woman'
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/jan-steen-an-interior-with-a-man-offering-an-oyster-to-a-woman

Guido Reni's 'The Rape of Europa'
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/guido-reni-the-rape-of-europa

Novelist Eimear McBride looks at how artists and performers depict sexual consent.

Our age is confused about sexual consent - what should it look, sound and feel like?

The Art of Intimacy (1/2)20190131

Our age is confused about sexual consent; what should it look, sound and feel like? Novelist, and winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, Eimear McBride finds out how writers have depicted these intimate conversations, and asks whether we can learn something from them. What does a good 'yes' sound like, and where can we find an influential 'no'? As well as exploring the way Shakespeare, Sarah Hall, D.H.Lawrence, Sarah Waters, W.H.Auden, Samuel Richardson, and American Romance novelist Nora Roberts engage with 'consent', she also encounters a rich history of non-verbal communication (with the help of Dr Fern Riddell) and the elaborate language of hat-flirting - used by the Victorians to express their desire discreetly.

Novelist Eimear McBride looks at the way writers have depicted sexual consent.

Our age is confused about sexual consent - what should it look, sound and feel like?

The Art of Intimacy (2/2)20190207

Our age is confused about sexual consent; what should it look,sound and feel like? Novelist and winner of The Women's Prize for Fiction, Eimear McBride, finds out what artists and performers can tell us about these intimate conversations, and asks whether we can learn something from them that might help our own relationships.
Eimear meets the cast of new production of Dracula who have hired an Intimacy Coach - she finds out how comedy, and 'drag' can help us address some of the greyest areas of 'consent', and takes a fresh look at the way some of the Old Masters depict the coupling of gods (like Zeus) and women.

Novelist Eimear McBride looks at how artists and performers depict sexual consent.

Our age is confused about sexual consent - what should it look, sound and feel like?