Cutting the Body: Representing Woman in Baudelaire's Poetry, Truffaut's Cinema, and Freud's Psychoanalysis - The Body in Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism (Hardback)Eliane DalMolin (author)
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The work's originality comes primarily from its unique summoning of three distinct disciplines around the notion of the cut. It places the complex desire to cut the woman's body at the center of an investigation of male identity in Western culture through incisive discussions of poetry, cinema, and psychoanalysis. The terms of this inquiry disclose an uncanny male disposition to femininity and motherhood, and its direct implication in productive acts of cutting. Cutting the Body will appeal to literary scholars, film specialists, feminist theorists, and experts in psychoanalytical theory.
Eliane DalMolin is Associate Professor of French, University of Connecticut. She is coeditor of Sites: The Journal of 20th-Century/Contemporary French Studies.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 24 mm
--C. B. Kerr, Vassar College, Choice, May 2001
". . . DalMolin's fine analysis offers great depth--whether focused on individual works or particular philosophical or theoretical points--and impressive breadth in terms of primary and secondary sources and makes for stimulating and pleasurable reading. Tracing the destructive masculine logic across disciplines after having elucidated its maturation in Petrarch's Canzoniere, has the benefit of drawing on divergent media and a plethora of examples, and therefore demonstrating the pervasiveness and persistence of a logic that is ultimately shown to be as mutilating to the male subject as it is to the woman cut and fragmented by frames, verses and psychoanalytical thought. DalMolin has produced a theoretically sophisticated, thought-provoking study that should appeal to and enlighten scholars of poetry, cinema, and psychoanalysis."
--Karen Bouwer, University of San Francisco, French Review, Volume 76, No.4