Counterpleasures

Counterpleasures

by Karmen MacKendrick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791441474

ISBN-13: 9780791441473

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Takes up a series of literary and physical pleasures that do not appear to be pleasurable, ranging from Christian saintly asceticism to Sadean narrative to contemporary s/m practices.

Counterpleasures takes up a series of literary and physical pleasures that do not appear to be pleasurable, ranging from saintly asceticism to Sadean narrative to leathersex.

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Overview

Takes up a series of literary and physical pleasures that do not appear to be pleasurable, ranging from Christian saintly asceticism to Sadean narrative to contemporary s/m practices.

Counterpleasures takes up a series of literary and physical pleasures that do not appear to be pleasurable, ranging from saintly asceticism to Sadean narrative to leathersex. Each is placed in its cultural context to unfold a history of transgressive pleasure and to argue for the value and power of such pleasures as resistant to more totalizing forms of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791441473
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series in Postmodern Culture Series
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

acknowledgments

introduction
a pleasure must be incredibly intense

part 1. the classic counterpleasures

1. the literary eroticization of the death drive
Sadism and Masochism as narrative structures

2. Sadism

3. Masochism

4. asceticism
seducing the divine

part 2. contemporary practices and pleasures

5. theoretical displacement

6. m-powerment

7. switch/hit
taking it from the top

8. unspeakable pleasures
love is a series of scars

notes

bibliography

index

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