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Genders 19: Sexual Artifice: Persons, Images, Politics

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Sexual Artifice marks the evolution of Genders from a triannual journal to a biannual anthology. Henceforth, each volume will have a focus on a particular gender-related issue, offering original essays on the specific theme.

This volume proposes that there is something more to the social construction of gender than what social science has been able to describe. On the contested state of international politics, public imagery, and nationalist cinema, the artifice of sexuality ...

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Overview

Sexual Artifice marks the evolution of Genders from a triannual journal to a biannual anthology. Henceforth, each volume will have a focus on a particular gender-related issue, offering original essays on the specific theme.

This volume proposes that there is something more to the social construction of gender than what social science has been able to describe. On the contested state of international politics, public imagery, and nationalist cinema, the artifice of sexuality wields an enormous power to influence the interpretation of our social selves and the world we live in. These essays collectively explore the art of constructing gender in symbolic media images; in poetry, photography, and montage; in dramatic identity politics; and, last but not least, in contemporary feminism itself.

With original essays on Virginia Woolf's Orlando; Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas and the culture of romance; Valerie Solanis (the woman who shot Andy Warhol); male hysteria and the U.S. invasion of Panama; and representations of women in Northern Ireland, Sexual Artifice offers up some of the most thought-provoking and daring young scholarship in contemporary cultural and gender studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The new Genders is even more useful and interesting than its older incarnation. It offers a fuller spread of the cultural study of gender from social practice to literary representation. Always the leading journal in its field, Genders is now more extensive and more concrete. This first new issue on Sexual Artifice will come to be a source for scholars in a wide range of fields."

-Sander L. Gilman,The Goldwin Smith Professor of Humane Studies, Cornell University

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Twelve diverse articles cover topics including fetishism and parody in Stein's Tender Buttons, male hysteria and the US invasion of Panama, and the crisis of femininity and modernity in the Third World. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814746516
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Series: Genders Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Kibbey is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder and founding editor of Genders. She teaches cultural studies and is the author of The Interpretation of Material Shapes in Puritanism: A Study of Rhetoric, Prejudice, and Violence.

Ann Kibbey is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder and founding editor of Genders. She teaches cultural studies and is the author of The Interpretation of Material Shapes in Puritanism: A Study of Rhetoric, Prejudice, and Violence.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 "Not the Person She Conceived Me": The Public Identities of Charlotte Charke 3
2 Posing Orlando 26
3 Fetishism and Parody in Stein's Tender Buttons 64
4 Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Culture of Romance 94
5 Plastic Man versus the Sweet Assassin 125
6 The Anti-Body in Photomontage: Hannah Hoch's Woman without Wholeness 148
7 Something's Missing: Male Hysteria and the U.S. Invasion of Panama 171
8 Gendered Troubles: Refiguring "Woman" in Northern Ireland 198
9 The Crisis of Femininity and Modernity in the Third World 223
10 Zero-Degree Deviancy: Lesbians Who Kill 257
11 Macho Sluts: Genre-Fuck, S/M Fantasy, and the Reconfiguration of Political Action 265
12 Ideology, Poststructuralism, and Class Politics: Rethinking Ideology Critique for a Transformative Feminist Politics 292
Contributors 325
Guidelines for Prospective Contributors 329
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