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Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories
     

Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories

by Peggy Phelan
 

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ISBN-10: 041514759X

ISBN-13: 9780415147590

Pub. Date: 03/24/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This is a book about the exhilaration and the catastrophe of embodiment. Analyzing different instances of injured bodies, Peggy Phelan considers what sustained attention to the affective force of trauma might yield for critical theory. Advocating what she calls "performative writing", she creates an extraordinary fusion of critical and creative thinking which

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This is a book about the exhilaration and the catastrophe of embodiment. Analyzing different instances of injured bodies, Peggy Phelan considers what sustained attention to the affective force of trauma might yield for critical theory. Advocating what she calls "performative writing", she creates an extraordinary fusion of critical and creative thinking which erodes the distinction between art and theory, fact and fiction.
The bodies she examines here include Christ's, as represented in Caravaggio's painting The Incredulity of St Thomas, Anita Hill's and Clarence Thomas's bodies as they were performed during the Senate hearings, the disinterred body of the Rose Theatre, exemplary bodies reconstructed through psychoanalytic talking cures, and the filmic bodies created by Tom Joslin, Mark Massi, and Peter Friedman in Silverlake Life: The View From Here.
This new work by the highly-acclaimed author of Unmarked makes a stunning advance in performance theory in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, and cultural studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415147590
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/24/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: This Book's Body; 2. Whole Wounds: Bodies at the Vanishing Point; 3. Immobile Legs, Stalled Words: Psychoanalysis and Moving Deaths; 4. Uncovered Rectums: Disinterring the Rose Theatre; 5. Bloody Nose, Loose Noose: Hearing Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas; 6.

Shattered Skulls: Rodney King and Holbein's The Ambassadors; 7. Failed Live(r)s: Whatever Happened to Her Public Grief? In Memory of Rena Grant (1959-92); 8. Infected Eyes: Dying Man with a Movie Camera: Silverlake Life: The View From Here.

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