Bad Girls and Sick Boys: Fantasies in Contemporary Art and Culture / Edition 1

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Bad Girls and Sick Boys turns the pornography debate on its head by posing new questions: What is fantasy? What fantasies circulate throughout popular culture, in the media, and on the Right? What function does the avant-garde have in a culture that co-opts every subversive act? How are novelists, filmmakers, and performance artists using technology and the human body to map the fin-de-millennium environment that already envelops us?
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Editorial Reviews

Dennis Cooper
At a time when cultural studies are so often fatally sidelined by trouble-free arguments for or against total artistic freedom, Kauffman's Bad Girls and Sick Boys constitutes a one-book crusade for the value of treating the passionate with a personalized passion. -- Bookforum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520210325
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda S. Kauffman is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Discourses of Desire: Gender, Genre and Epistolary Fictions (1986); Special Delivery: Epistolary Modes in Modern Fiction (1992); and editor of three collections of feminist essays, including American Feminist Thought at Century's End (1993).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Prologue 1
Pt. 1 Performance for the Twenty-First Century
1 Contemporary Art Exhibitionists 19
2 Cutups in Beauty School 50
Pt. 2 Visceral Cinema
3 Impolitic Bodies: Race and Desire 83
4 Sex Work: Producing Porn 101
5 David Cronenberg's Surreal Abjection 115
Pt. 3 Arresting Fiction
6 J.G. Ballard's Atrocity Exhibitions 149
7 Criminal Writing: John Hawkes and Robert Coover 193
8 New Inquisitions: Kathy Acker and William Vollmann 208
9 Masked Passions: Meese, Mercy, and American Psycho 228
Epilogue 261
Notes 271
Index 303
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