Brandon University professor Jonathan A. Allan is expected to push out a winner with his anticipated book about the cultural history of the anus.
The forthcoming title "Reading from Behind: A Cultural History of the Anus" has already drawn the attention of prominent literary critic, Steven Beattie, who serves as the review editor for the Canadian book trade magazine Quill & Quire and has named it one of his "Sixteen for ‘16" to watch for this spring on his blog The Shakespearean Rag.
In his review, Beattie said Allan’s book "does just what it says on the tin, exploring the meaning and significance of the anus in western culture, from Freud to porn to ‘Brokeback Mountain’." Allan is adamant on taking the anus beyond the butt of jokes and examining why people squirm when the topic is mentioned.
The release comes following two landmark years, according to Allan, who works as the Canada Research Chair in queer theory and also teaches gender and women’s studies as well as English and creative writing at the university.
"It was 2014 that was called ‘the year of the booty,’ and 2015 was called ‘a banner year for the male butt,’ but it is both desirable and yet shameful, pejorative. We all have one, and it seemed an interesting topic to study," he said, in a statement.
Allan’s book is scheduled to be published March 4 by the University of Regina Press as the debut volume in their "Exquisite Corpse" series, which focuses on " what is left unsaid about the body." He is currently working on his next book "Uncut: The Foreskin Archive."