The Abject of Desire: The Aestheticization of the Unaesthetic in Contemporary Literature and Culture - GENUS: Gender in Modern Culture 9 (Paperback)
  • The Abject of Desire: The Aestheticization of the Unaesthetic in Contemporary Literature and Culture - GENUS: Gender in Modern Culture 9 (Paperback)
zoom

The Abject of Desire: The Aestheticization of the Unaesthetic in Contemporary Literature and Culture - GENUS: Gender in Modern Culture 9 (Paperback)

(volume editor), (volume editor)
£58.90
Paperback 309 Pages / Published: 01/01/2007
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
The Abject of Desire approaches the aestheticization of the unaesthetic via a range of different topics and genres in twentieth-century Anglophone literature and culture. The "experience of disgust", which Winfried Menninghaus describes as "an acute crisis of self-preservation", is correlated with conceptualizations of gender in theories of the abject/abjection. In view of this general crisis of identity in the experience of disgust, the contributions to this volume discuss examples of the aestheticization of the unaesthetic in cultural representations and locate conceptual (re)codings of the body, gender, and identity with regard to the abject as an immediate and uncompromising experience on the one hand, and a social and political phenomenon on the other. Considering a variety of cultural narratives by writers as diverse as Samuel Delany, Sarah Schulman, Joyce Carol Oates, Leslie Marmon Silko, Paul Magrs, J. G. Ballard, Stevie Smith, T. C. Boyle, Joseph Conrad, Poppy Z. Brite, and Will Self, by film directors John Waters and Peter Greenaway, playwrights Girish Karnad and Mahesh Dattani, and "body artist" Gunter von Hagens, the contributors to this volume scrutinize different implications of the ambivalent concept of the abject/abjection.

Publisher: Brill
ISBN: 9789042022645
Number of pages: 309
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 220 x 150 x 18 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Duchess of Malfi
Added to basket
The Glass Menagerie
Added to basket
Essays
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Hamlet
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Emily Dickinson
Added to basket
£3.99
Paperback
Shakespeare
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Odyssey
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
All My Sons
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Three Theban Plays
Added to basket
The Odyssey
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
Beowulf
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Selected Poems of Sylvia Plath
Added to basket
A Moveable Feast
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.