Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism

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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: 8/28/1995
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Editors' acknowledgements
1 Queer Belongings: The Politics of Departure 1
2 The 'Cunning Lingua' of Desire: Bodies-Language and Perverse Performativity 19
3 Sextec: Excerpt from Working Hot 42
4 Lesbian Bodies: Tribades, Tomboys and Tarts 86
5 Teledildonics: Virtual Lesbians in the Fiction of Jeanette Winterson 104
6 Green Night of Labyrinth Park: La Nuit Verte Du Parc Labyrinthe 128
7 Acts of Creation: The Brainchildren of Certain Psychoanalytic Fictions 137
8 'I Embrace the Difference': Elizabeth Taylor and the Closet 155
9 Pariah Bodies 172
10 Sexualizing Space 181
11 The Jewels in the Crotch: The Imperial Erotic in the Raj Quartet 195
12 Girls on a Wired Screen: Cavani's Cinema and Lesbian S/M 211
13 I Used to be Your Sweet Mama: Ideology, Sexuality and Domesticity in the Blues of Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey and Bessie Smith 231
14 Destruction: Boundary Erotics and Refigurations of the Heterosexual Male Body 266
15 Animal Sex: Libido as Desire and Death 278
Index 300
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