The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh

The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh

by Dennis Patrick Slattery
     
 

An almost obsessive interest in the human body in literary and psychological theory over the past ten years has uncovered not just the physical body but the body as metaphor, political emblem, social construction, and symptom. The Wounded Body builds on this recent interest in the body by providing an ambitious interdisciplinary exploration of the wounded body in… See more details below

Overview

An almost obsessive interest in the human body in literary and psychological theory over the past ten years has uncovered not just the physical body but the body as metaphor, political emblem, social construction, and symptom. The Wounded Body builds on this recent interest in the body by providing an ambitious interdisciplinary exploration of the wounded body in literature from Homer to Toni Morrison. Guided by insights from phenomenology to Jungian archetypal psychology, Dennis Slattery argues that the body in its scarred, marked, diseased, tattooed, or otherwise afflicted state is not only an individual phenomenon but, in the hands of the poet, a cultural symptom, a place of suffering, as well as a way of seeing and ordering the experience of the one who is wounded.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791443828
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Series:
Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
648,282
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1.Introduction: The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh1
2.Nature and Narratives: Feeding the Fictions of the Body in Homer's Odyssey21
3.Wandering Wounds and Meandering Words: The Tragic Body of Memory in Oedipus Rex51
4.Speak Daggers But Use None: Denmark's Wounded Body69
5.Rousseau's Confessions: Autobiography, Body Cleansing, and the Invention of the Paris Sewer System85
6.Corrupting Corpse versus Reasoned Abstraction: The Play of Evil in The Brothers Karamazov115
7.The White Whale and the Afflicted Body of Myth131
8.Rebellious Things and Deepening Wounds in the Life of Iyan Ilych157
9.Wounds and Tattoos: Marking the Mystery in Flannery O'Connor's "Revelation" and "Parker's Back"177
10.The Narrative Body and the Incarnate Word in Toni Morrison's Beloved207
11.Concluding Reflections237
Notes241
Works Cited263
Index283

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