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The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh

The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh

by Dennis Patrick Slattery, Robert D. Romanyshyn


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Explores the wounded body in literature from Homer to Toni Morrison, examining how it functions archetypally as both a cultural metaphor and a poetic image.

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: 11/18/1999
Series: SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 653,852
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dennis Patrick Slattery is Interdisciplinary Coordinator and Core Faculty Member, the Mythological Studies Program, Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of The Idiot: Dostoevsky’s Fantastic Prince.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction
The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh

2. Nature and Narratives
Feeding the Fictions of the Body in Homer's Odyssey

3. Wandering Wounds and Meandering Words
The Tragic Body of Memory in Oedipus Rex

4. Speak Daggers But Use None
Denmark's Wounded Body

5. Rousseau's Confessions
Autobiography, Body Cleansing, and the Invention of the Paris Sewer System

6. Corrupting Corpse versus Reasoned Abstraction
The Play of Evil in The Brothers Karamazov

7. The White Whale and the Afflicted Body of Myth

8. Rebellious Things and Deepening Wounds in the Life of Ivan Illych

9. Wounds and Tattoos
Marking the Mystery in Flannery O'Connor's "Revelation" and "Parker's Back"

10. The Narrative Body and the Incarnate Work in Toni Morrison's Beloved

11. Concluding Reflections


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