Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus (Paperback)
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Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus (Paperback)

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Paperback 259 Pages / Published: 15/03/2016
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'A serious work of theory.'
The Guardian

`Jonathan Allan has come up with a whole theory of the arsehole.'
Dazed and Confused

In a resolute deviation from the governing totality of the phallus, Reading from Behind offers a radical reorientation of the anus and its role in the collective imaginary.

It exposes what is deeply hidden in our cultural production, and challenges the authority of paranoid, critical thought.

A beautiful work that invites us beyond the rejection of phallocentricism, to a new way of being and thinking about sex, culture and identity.

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781783607549
Number of pages: 259
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Allan's work is, in a sense, groundbreaking ... opening up a whole new field of study ... Allan's book should be required reading.'
The Independent

'A serious work of theory, exploring the backside as a site of humiliation and disgust.'
The Guardian

`Assholes are like opinions: Everyone has them - but no one has more opinions on assholes than Jonathan Allan.'
VICE

`Jonathan Allan has come up with a whole theory of the arsehole.'
Dazed and Confused

`Looks at the subject of the `booty' with remarkable enthusiasm.'
Attitude

`Entertaining and informative.'
Merrill Cole, author of The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality

`A remarkably fresh and original contribution to contemporary queer studies. I am confident that, with Reading from Behind, Allan will emerge as a widely respected critical voice of his generation.'
David William Foster, author of Sexual Textualties: Essays on Queer/ing Latin American Writing

`Allan reorients studies of anality.'
Todd Reeser, author of Masculinities in Theory

'Readers outside the academy will be rewarded with a fine example of textual analysis-and, possibly, a new appreciation of the anus as the most democratic and empowering of our body parts.'
Literary Review of Canada

* The Independent *

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