Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism

Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism

by Elizabeth Grosz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415098025

ISBN-13: 9780415098021

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Are bodies sexy? How? In what sorts of ways? Sexy Bodies investigates the production of sexual bodies and sexual practices, of sexualities which are dyke, bi, transracial, and even hetero. It celebrates lesbian and queer sexualities but also explores what runs underneath and within all sexualities, discovering what is fundamentally weird and strange about

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Are bodies sexy? How? In what sorts of ways? Sexy Bodies investigates the production of sexual bodies and sexual practices, of sexualities which are dyke, bi, transracial, and even hetero. It celebrates lesbian and queer sexualities but also explores what runs underneath and within all sexualities, discovering what is fundamentally weird and strange about all bodies, all carnalities.

Looking at a pleasurable variety of cultural forms and texts, the contributors consider the particular charms of girls and horses, from National Velvet to Marnie; discuss figures of the lesbian body from vampires to tribades to tomboys; uncover 'virtual' lesbians in the fiction of Jeanette Winterson; track desire in the music of legendary Blues singers; and investigate the ever-scrutinised and celebrated body of Elizabeth Taylor. The collection includes two important pieces of fiction by Mary Fallon and Nicole Brossard.

Sexy Bodies makes new connections between and amongst bodies, cruising the borders of the obscene, the pleasurable, the desirable and the hitherto unspoken rethinking sexuality anew as deeply and strangely sexy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415098021
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Introduction
Editors' acknowledgements
1Queer Belongings: The Politics of Departure1
2The 'Cunning Lingua' of Desire: Bodies-Language and Perverse Performativity19
3Sextec: Excerpt from Working Hot42
4Lesbian Bodies: Tribades, Tomboys and Tarts86
5Teledildonics: Virtual Lesbians in the Fiction of Jeanette Winterson104
6Green Night of Labyrinth Park: La Nuit Verte Du Parc Labyrinthe128
7Acts of Creation: The Brainchildren of Certain Psychoanalytic Fictions137
8'I Embrace the Difference': Elizabeth Taylor and the Closet155
9Pariah Bodies172
10Sexualizing Space181
11The Jewels in the Crotch: The Imperial Erotic in the Raj Quartet195
12Girls on a Wired Screen: Cavani's Cinema and Lesbian S/M211
13I Used to be Your Sweet Mama: Ideology, Sexuality and Domesticity in the Blues of Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey and Bessie Smith231
14Destruction: Boundary Erotics and Refigurations of the Heterosexual Male Body266
15Animal Sex: Libido as Desire and Death278
Index300

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