Book The Female Grotesque

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  • Author : Mary Russo
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2012-11-12
  • ISBN : 1136037500
  • Pages : 250 pages

Download or read The Female Grotesque PDF, written by Mary Russo and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2012-11-12 with total page 250 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The grotesque - the exagggerated, the deformed, the monstrous - has been a well-considered subject for students of comparative literature and art. In a major addition to the literature of art, cultural criticism and feminist studies, Mary Russo re-examines the grotesque in the light of gender, exploring the works of Angela Carter David Cronenberg Bahktin Kristeva Freud Zizek. Mary Russo looks at the portrayal of the grotesque in Western culture and by combining the iconographic and the historical, locates the role of the woman's body in the discourse of the grotesque.

Book Violence and the Female Imagination

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  • Author : Paula Ruth Gilbert
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Release : 2006-03-31
  • ISBN : 0773577106
  • Pages : 440 pages

Download or read Violence and the Female Imagination PDF, written by Paula Ruth Gilbert and published by McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. This book was released on 2006-03-31 with total page 440 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the past twenty years Quebec women writers, including Aline Chamberland, Claire Dé, Suzanne Jacob, and Hélène Rioux, have created female characters who are fascinated with bold sexual actions and language, cruelty, and violence, at times culminating in infanticide and serial killing. Paula Ruth Gilbert argues that these Quebec feminist writers are "re-framing" gender. Violence and the Female Imagination explores whether these imagined women are striking out at an external other or harming themselves through acts of self-destruction and depression. Gilbert examines the degree to which women are imitating men in the outward direction of their anger and hostility and suggests that such "tough" women may be mocking men in their "macho" exploits of sexuality and violence. She illustrates the ways in which Quebec female authors are "feminizing" violence or re-envisioning gender in North American culture. Gilbert bridges methodological gaps and integrates history, sociology, literary theory, feminist theory, and other disciplinary approaches to provide a framework for the discussion of important ethical and aesthetic questions.

Book Grotesque

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  • Author : Justin Edwards
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013-05-29
  • ISBN : 113410605X
  • Pages : 176 pages

Download or read Grotesque PDF, written by Justin Edwards and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-05-29 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Grotesque provides an invaluable and accessible guide to the use (and abuse) of this complex literary term. Justin D. Edwards and Rune Graulund explore the influence of the grotesque on cultural forms throughout history, with particular focus on its representation in literature, visual art and film. The book: presents a history of the literary grotesque from Classical writing to the present examines theoretical debates around the term in their historical and cultural contexts introduce readers to key writers and artists of the grotesque, from Homer to Rabelais, Shakespeare, Carson McCullers and David Cronenberg analyses key terms such as disharmony, deformed and distorted bodies, misfits and freaks explores the grotesque in relation to queer theory, post-colonialism and the carnivalesque. Grotesque presents readers with an original and distinctive overview of this vital genre and is an essential guide for students of literature, art history and film studies.

Book Signs of Change

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  • Author : International Association for Philosophy and Literature. Meeting
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release : 1996-01-01
  • ISBN : 9780791424339
  • Pages : 472 pages

Download or read Signs of Change PDF, written by International Association for Philosophy and Literature. Meeting and published by SUNY Press. This book was released on 1996-01-01 with total page 472 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is a collection of essays focusing on conventions of change in the arts, philosophy, and literature.

Book Disability in the Middle Ages

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  • Author : Joshua Eyler
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release : 2010
  • ISBN : 9780754668220
  • Pages : 252 pages

Download or read Disability in the Middle Ages PDF, written by Joshua Eyler and published by Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.. This book was released on 2010 with total page 252 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What do we mean when we talk about disability in the Middle Ages? This volume brings together dynamic scholars working on the subject in medieval literature and history, who use the latest approaches from the field to address this central question. Contributors discuss such standard medieval texts as the Arthurian Legend, The Canterbury Tales and Old Norse Sagas, providing an accessible entry point to the field of medieval disability studies to medievalists. The essays explore a wide variety of disabilities, including the more traditionally accepted classifications of blindness and deafness, as well as perceived disabilities such as madness, pregnancy and age. Adopting a ground-breaking new approach to the study of disability in the medieval period, this provocative book will be a must-read for medievalists and scholars of disability throughout history.

Book Twenty First Century Children s Gothic

Download or read Twenty First Century Children s Gothic PDF, written by Chloe Germaine Buckley and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2017-10-04 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Examines how Singapore cinema functions as a national cinema

Book Spectacular Passions

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  • Author : Brett Farmer
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release : 2000-10-09
  • ISBN : 0822380250
  • Pages : 316 pages

Download or read Spectacular Passions PDF, written by Brett Farmer and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2000-10-09 with total page 316 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The image of the movie-obsessed gay man is a widely circulating and readily recognizable element of the contemporary cultural landscape. Using psychoanalytic theory as his guide while inflecting it with insights from both film theory and queer theory, Brett Farmer moves beyond this cliché to develop an innovative exploration of gay spectatorship. The result, Spectacular Passions, reveals how cinema has been engaged by gay men as a vital forum for “fantasmatic performance”—in this case, the production of specifically queer identities, practices, and pleasures. Building on the psychoanalytic concept of the fantasmatic, Farmer works to depathologize gay male subjectivity. While discussing such films as Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Pirate, Suddenly Last Summer, and Sunset Boulevard, and stars ranging from Mae West to Montgomery Clift, Farmer argues that the particularities of gay men’s social and psychic positionings motivate unique receptions of and investments in film. The Hollywood musical, gay camp readings of the extravagant female star, and the explicit homoeroticism of the cinematic male body in gay fanzines are further proof, says Farmer, of how the shifting libidinal profiles of homosexual desire interact with the fantasy scenarios of Hollywood film to produce a range of variable queer meanings. This fascinating and provocative study makes a significant new contribution to discussions of cinema, spectatorship, and sexuality. As such, it will be welcomed by those in the fields of film theory, queer theory, and cultural studies.

Book Women s Bodies

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  • Author : Jane Arthurs
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 1999-03-01
  • ISBN : 1441104526
  • Pages : 256 pages

Download or read Women s Bodies PDF, written by Jane Arthurs and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 1999-03-01 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The articles in this volume consider the prevailing standards of feminine decorum, and how these are being played with and challenged by various media. This is a collection of essays which focuses on the representation of women's bodies in historical and contemporary cultures. It discusses recent books on the subject, and compares the two different approaches to the body adopted by the soft-porn magazine "For Women", and the women's monthly "Cosmopolitan". It also examines TV cult figures, such as the "comic body" exemplified by comedienne Joe Brand, and situation comedies such as "Absolutely Fabulous".

Book Excess and Embodiment in Contemporary Women s Writing

Download or read Excess and Embodiment in Contemporary Women s Writing PDF, written by Zeynep Zeren Atayurt and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2011-08-01 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The 'obese' female body has often been portrayed as the 'other' to the slender body. However, this process of 'othering', or viewing as different, has created a repressive discourse, where 'excess' has increasingly come to be studied as a 'physical abnormality' or a signifier of a 'personality defect' in contemporary Western society. This book engages with the multifarious re-imaginings of the 'excessive' embodiment in contemporary women's writing, drawing specifically on the construction of this form of embodiment in the works of Fay Weldon, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, Claude Tardat, and Judith Moore, whose texts offer a distinct literary response to the rigidly homogeneous and limiting representations of fatness, while prompting heterogeneous approaches to reading the 'excessive' female embodiment.

Book Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic

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  • Author : Bruce E. Drushel
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release : 2017-02-15
  • ISBN : 1498537774
  • Pages : 286 pages

Download or read Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic PDF, written by Bruce E. Drushel and published by Lexington Books. This book was released on 2017-02-15 with total page 286 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection uses Susan Sontag’s “Notes on ‘Camp’” as a foundation from which to explore current topics related to camp. It recognizes Sontag’s work as significant in spurring examination of the phenomenon but also limited in its descriptive rather than philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual nature.

Book Feminine Sentences

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  • Author : Janet Wolff
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2013-05-08
  • ISBN : 074566914X
  • Pages : 168 pages

Download or read Feminine Sentences PDF, written by Janet Wolff and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2013-05-08 with total page 168 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This new book integrates material drawn from a variety of sources - feminist theory, cultural and literary analysis, sociology and art history - in an original discussion of women's relationship to modern and post-modern culture. The essays in the book challenge the continuing separation of sociological from textual analysis in cultural (and feminist) theory and enquiry. They address critically the question of women's writing, exploring the idea that women may begin to define their own lives and construct their identities in a patriarchal culture through the very process of writing. They also present a cogent defence of a feminist cultural politics, including a politics of the body.

Book Glocal Bodies

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  • Author : Elaheh Hatami
  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Release : 2022-10-31
  • ISBN : 3839460808
  • Pages : 203 pages

Download or read Glocal Bodies PDF, written by Elaheh Hatami and published by transcript Verlag. This book was released on 2022-10-31 with total page 203 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book is a critical study of Iranian dance and the works of Iranian-American female dancers in exile. Focusing on the study of contemporary Iranian dance through analysis of the choreographies of three female dancers in diaspora (namely Aisan Hoss, Shahrzad Khorsandi, and Banafsheh Sayyad), this research is among the first of its kind. Elaheh Hatami investigates the transformation of professional Iranian dance and discusses the role of relocation and displacement in its performance. She argues that Iranian dance and Iranian female dancers have always been in exile - not only in a physical sense, but also in the metaphorical sense of ›exile‹ implying foreignness, exclusion, and marginalization.

Book Leonora Carrington  Living Legacies

Download or read Leonora Carrington Living Legacies PDF, written by Ailsa Cox and published by Vernon Press. This book was released on 2020-03-03 with total page 244 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The English born artist and writer Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) has received much critical acclaim and achieved stellar status in Mexico, where she lived and worked for most of her life, having fled Europe via Spain in tormenting circumstances. Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies brings together a collection of chapters that constitute a range of artistic, scholarly and creative responses to the realm of Carrington emphasizing how her work becomes a medium, a milieu, and a provocation for new thinking, being and imagining in the world. The diversity of contributions from scholars, early career researchers, and artists, include unpublished papers, interviews, creative provocations, and writing from practice-led interventions. Collectively they explore, question, and enable new ways of thinking with Carrington’s legacy. Wishing to expand on recent important scholarly publications by established Carrington researchers which have brought historical and international significance to the artist’s legacy, this volume offers new perspectives on the artist’s relevance in feminist thinking and artistic methodologies. Conscious of Carrington’s reluctance to engage in critical analysis of her artwork we have approached this scholarly task through a lens of give and return that the artist herself musingly articulates in her 1965 mock-manifesto Jezzamathatics: “I was decubing the root of a Hyperbollick Symposium … when the latent metamorphosis blurted the great unexpected shriek into something between a squeak and a smile. IT GAVE, so to speak, in order to return.” (Aberth, 2010:149). In adopting her playful conjecture, this publication seeks to bring Carrington and her work to further prominence.

Book Body Studies  The Basics

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  • Author : Niall Richardson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2014-07-25
  • ISBN : 1317692624
  • Pages : 158 pages

Download or read Body Studies The Basics PDF, written by Niall Richardson and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-07-25 with total page 158 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Consideration of the body as a subject for study has increased in recent years with new technologies, forms of modification, debates about obesity and issues of age being brought into focus by the media. Drawing on contemporary culture, Body Studies: The Basics introduces readers to the key concerns and debates surrounding the study of the sociological body, cutting across disciplines to cover topics which include: Nature vs. Culture: how we ‘build’ and transform our bodies Conformity and resistance in bodily practice Issues of body image – beauty, diet, exercise and age Sporting bodies and the pursuit of ideals Enfreakment, disability and monstrosity Cyborgs and virtual online bodies With further reading signposted throughout, this accessible book is essential reading for anyone studying the body through the lens of sociology, cultural studies, sports studies, media studies and gender studies; and all those with an interest in how the physical body can be a social construct.

Book The Transparent Traveler

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  • Author : Rachel Hall
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release : 2015-09-04
  • ISBN : 082237529X
  • Pages : 240 pages

Download or read The Transparent Traveler PDF, written by Rachel Hall and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2015-09-04 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: At the airport we line up, remove our shoes, empty our pockets, and hold still for three seconds in the body scanner. Deemed safe, we put ourselves back together and are free to buy the beverage we were prohibited from taking through security. In The Transparent Traveler Rachel Hall explains how the familiar routines of airport security choreograph passenger behavior to create submissive and docile travelers. The cultural performance of contemporary security practices mobilizes what Hall calls the "aesthetics of transparency." To appear transparent, a passenger must perform innocence and display a willingness to open their body to routine inspection and analysis. Those who cannot—whether because of race, immigration and citizenship status, disability, age, or religion—are deemed opaque, presumed to be a threat, and subject to search and detention. Analyzing everything from airport architecture, photography, and computer-generated imagery to full-body scanners and TSA behavior detection techniques, Hall theorizes the transparent traveler as the embodiment of a cultural ideal of submission to surveillance.

Book Queercore

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  • Author : Curran Nault
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2017-08-07
  • ISBN : 1315317842
  • Pages : 180 pages

Download or read Queercore PDF, written by Curran Nault and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-08-07 with total page 180 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Queercore is a queer and punk transmedia movement that was instigated in 1980s Toronto via the pages of the underground fanzine ("zine") J.D.s. Authored by G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce, J.D.s. declared "civil war" on the punk and gay and lesbian mainstreams, consolidating a subculture of likeminded filmmakers, zinesters, musicans and performers situated in pointed opposition to the homophobia of mainline punk and the lifeless sexual politics and exclusionary tendencies of dominant gay and lesbian society. More than thirty years later, queercore and its troublemaking productions remain under the radar, but still culturally and politically resonant. This book brings renewed attention to queercore, exploring the homology between queer theory/practice and punk theory/practice at the heart of queercore mediamaking. Through analysis of key queercore texts, this book also elucidates the tropes central to queercore’s subcultural distinction: unashamed sexual representation, confrontational politics and "shocking" embodiments, including those related to size, ability and gender variance. An exploration of a specific transmedia subculture grounded in archival research, ethnographic interviews, theoretical argumentation and close analysis, ultimately, Queercore proffers a provocative, and tangible, new answer to the long-debated question, "What does it mean to be queer?"

Book Thinking Through Fashion

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  • Author : Agnès Rocamora
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2015-10-23
  • ISBN : 0857739867
  • Pages : 320 pages

Download or read Thinking Through Fashion PDF, written by Agnès Rocamora and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2015-10-23 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Learning how to think through fashion is both exciting and challenging, being dependent on one's ability to critically engage with an array of theories and concepts. This is the first book designed to accompany readers through the process of thinking through fashion. It aims to help them grasp both the relevance of social and cultural theory to fashion, dress, and material culture and, conversely, the relevance of those fields to social and cultural theory. It does so by offering a guide through the work of selected major thinkers, introducing their concepts and ideas. Each chapter is written by an expert contributor and is devoted to a key thinker, capturing the significance of their thought to the understanding of the field of fashion, while also assessing the importance of this field for a critical engagement with these thinkers' ideas. This is a guide and reference for students and scholars in the fields of fashion, dress and material culture, the creative industries, sociology, cultural history, design and cultural studies.