The SCUM Manifesto

The SCUM Manifesto

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by Valerie Solanas
     
 

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SCUM Manifesto was considered one of the most outrageous, violent, and certifiably crazy tracts when it first appeared in 1968. Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol, self-published this work just before her rampage against the king of Pop Art made her a household name and resulted in her confinement to a mental institution. But the Manifesto, for all its

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SCUM Manifesto was considered one of the most outrageous, violent, and certifiably crazy tracts when it first appeared in 1968. Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol, self-published this work just before her rampage against the king of Pop Art made her a household name and resulted in her confinement to a mental institution. But the Manifesto, for all its vitriol, is impossible to dismiss as just the rantings of a lesbian lunatic. In fact, the work has indisputable prescience, not only as a radical feminist analysis light-years ahead of its time -- predicting artificial insemination, ATMs, a feminist uprising against under-representation in the arts -- but also as a stunning testament to the rage of an abused and destitute woman. The focus of this edition, however, is not on the nostalgic appeal of SCUM. Rather, in a characteristically brilliant and erudite introduction, renowned scholar Avital Ronell reconsiders Solanas's infamous text in light of the social milieu in which it was written, and reinterprets its status as a cult classic. Ronell writes, "Maybe the Solanas tract was payback: it was clocked to strike the time of response to all shameless woman-hating manifestos and their counterparts, the universalizers." She conjures Derrida's "The Ends of Man" (written in the same year), Judith Butler's Excitable Speech, Nietzsche's Ubermensch, and notorious feminist icons from Medusa, Medea, and Antigone, to Lizzie Borden, Lorenna Bobbitt, and Aileen Wournos, illuminating the evocative exuberance of Solanas's dark tract.

Editorial Reviews

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“The SCUM Manifesto is a document of profound vulnerability, written in a voice of profound empowerment. It’s a brutal call to arms, written by a woman in a world of hurt. This tension between powerlessness and power makes it an enduring piece of writing. Never have the personal and the political been so mercilessly zipped together, like little steel teeth.”
—Claire Dederer, Nation

“Solanas is as relevant today as she was in the 1960s, because nothing much has changed for women.”
—Julie Bindel, Spectator

“You either happen to think this is a work of unadulterated genius, or you dismiss it as the ravings of a loony psycho-bitch, not understanding that this is exactly what makes it so compelling and so charged with insight.”
—Suzanne Moore, New Statesman

“Valerie Solanas wrote a very angry and very precise portrait of what she considered the male to be: something between a human and an ape; an unresponsive blob only concerned with physical sensation and without the capacity for empathy or self-knowledge or intimacy, and at the same time full of hatred and jealously and shame and guilt. Her description is beautiful and on some level, I think, entirely accurate.”
—Nick Cave

“Its nihilism is a form of utopia for Solanas, a pre-punk aesthete who fearlessly tossed out ideas that people are just now beginning to raise … As a mixture of social philosophy and fine shtick, her work has the rare virtue of seeming at the same time totally insane and totally right.”
Los Angeles Times

“As Solanas reminds us, revolutionary ideas don’t emerge quietly from the elite stratum of a society; they often bloom from its scum.”
Dissent

“Gleefully incoherent, crackling with energy.”
Bookslut

“Articulate, angry and funny.”
Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781908694942
Publisher:
SCB Distributors
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,253,885
File size:
496 KB

Meet the Author


Valerie Solanas: Valerie Solanas was a radical feminist playwright and social propagandist best known as the author of the SCUM Manifesto, which she self-published and sold on the streets of New York. In 1968, she was arrested after an assassination attempt on the life Andy Warhol, and imprisoned for three years. Deemed a paranoid schizophrenic by the state, once out of jail, Solanas stalked Warhol for several more years, before eventually leaving New York. She died alone and in relative obscurity in 1988 in San Francisco, leaving behind a sheaf of typewritten pages that her mother burned after her death. Solanas was immortalized by actress Lili Taylor in the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol.

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Scum Manifesto 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just got over a breakup and was sick of guys. My friend gave me the book and when i started to read it, all I could do was laugh about her view of men. It makes you realize how stupid they really are.