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

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"Bad Girls and Sick Boys is an exhilarating rollercoaster ride, a superb piece of cultural investigation that skillfully anatomies some of the most deviant imaginations at work today."—J. G. Ballard

"Linda Kauffman is the perfect guide through the troubling, erotically charged cultural environment she maps in Bad Girls and Sick Boys. She handles popular culture with sophistication and intelligence and addresses academic subjects with an engaging flair. Kauffman is alert, informed, clear-eyed, and most of all, entirely free of cant."—Anthony De Curtis

"Linda Kauffman is one of our most brilliant, savvy, and exciting observers of contemporary life. Bad Girls and Sick Boys is both tremendously entertaining and disturbing. Linda Kauffman's meditations on art, pornography, cinema, and literature fly powerfully against the grain of convention."—Howard Norman

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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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