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Womb Fantasies: Subjective Architectures in Postmodern Literature, Cinema and Art (Paperback)
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Womb Fantasies: Subjective Architectures in Postmodern Literature, Cinema and Art (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 30/07/2013
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Womb Fantasies examines the womb, an invisible and mysterious space invested with allegorical significance, as a metaphorical space in postwar cinematic and literary texts grappling with the trauma of post-holocaust, postmodern existence. In addition, it examines the representation of visible spaces in the texts in terms of their attribution with womb-like qualities. The framing of the study historically within the postwar era begins with a discussion of Eero Saarinen's Womb Chair in the context of the Cold War's need for safety in light of the threat of nuclear destruction, and ranges over films such as Marguerite Duras' and Alan Resnais' film Hiroshima mon amour and Duras' novel The Vice-Consul, exploring the ways that such cultural texts fantasize the womb as a response to trauma, defined as the compulsive need to return to the site of loss, a place envisioned as both a secure space and a prison. The womb fantasy is linked to the desire to recreate an identity that is new and original but ahistorical.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810129139
Number of pages: 144


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"In this evocative study, Caroline Rupprecht explores how the postwar avantgarde elaborated what she calls 'womb fantasies.' The book is cleverly structured to mirror the evolution of womb fantasies over time ...Womb Fantasies adds another rich layer to the womb's charged cultural history within late modernity and postmodernity." --The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture
"All the study examples, from the more literal to the less literal, are skillfully handled by Rupprecht, the details well-chosen and explicated, and the cross-fertilizing vigor (no pun intended) of the comparisons eventually do support her claim that we find ourselves in the prescence of a metaphor for the womb in these important "authors" of the late twentieth-century--at which point the reading of the rain barrel as a womb beings to strike an attentive reader as brilliantly original and thought-provoking. In general, the argument of Womb Fantasies is cogent and shows a skillful mix of close reading, interpretation, and theory. This is certainly a study that would appeal to any scholar interested in psychoanalytic feminist approaches, or simply in the treatment of maternity and of maternal imagery in contemporary American literature." --Thomas O. Beebee, Comparative Literature Studies
"Rupprecht's in-depth examination of [texts and films] provides a new viewpoint from which to analyze the postmodern...This text is valuable for scholars interested in gender studies, histories of embodiment, or postmodern literature and film studies." --Recherche litt raire / Literary Research

"Rupprecht offers a productive discussion of Godard's work drawing on Laura Mulvey's writing on the relationship between the unreliability of the female figure in Godard and the unreliability of the cinematic medium... The book's end piece offers an engaging and thoughtful discussion of Damien Hirst's Virgin Mother, prefaced by a quote from Clare Hanson regarding how medical developments have made the contents of the womb open to public view." --Germanic Review

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