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

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Overview

Linda S. Kauffman turns the pornography debate on its head with this audacious analysis of recent taboo-shattering fiction, film, and performance art.
Investigating the role of fantasy in art, politics, and popular culture, she shows how technological advances in medicine and science (magnetic resonance imaging, computers, and telecommunications) have profoundly altered our concepts of the human body. Cyberspace is producing new forms of identity and subjectivity. The novelists, filmmakers, and performers in Bad Girls and Sick Boys are the interpreters of these brave new worlds, cartographers who are busy mapping the fin-de-millennium environment that already envelops us.

Bad Girls and Sick Boys offers a vital and entertaining tour of the current cultural landscape. Kauffman boldly connects the dots between the radical artists who shatter taboos and challenge legal and aesthetic conventions. She links writers like John Hawkes and Robert Coover to Kathy Acker and William Vollmann; filmmakers like Ngozi Onwurah and Isaac Julien to Brian De Palma and Gus Van Sant; and performers like Carolee Schneemann and Annie Sprinkle to the visual arts. Kauffman's lively interviews with J. G. Ballard, David Cronenberg, Bob Flanagan, and Orlan add an extraordinary dimension to her timely and convincing argument.

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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
Acknowledgments
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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