Feminizing the Fetish

Psychoanalysis and Narrative Obsession in Turn-of-the Century France

Author: Emily Apter

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501722697

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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Shoes, gloves, umbrellas, cigars that are not just objects—the topic of fetishism seems both bizarre and inevitable. In this venturesome and provocative book, Emily Apter offers a fresh account of the complex relationship between representation and sexual obsession in turn-of-the-century French culture. Analyzing works by authors in the naturalist and realist traditions as well as making use of documents from a contemporary medical archive, she considers fetishism as a cultural artifact and as a subgenre of realist fiction. Apter traces the web of connections among fin-de-siècle representations of perversion, the fiction of pathology, and the literary case history. She explores in particular the theme of "female fetishism" in the context of the feminine culture of mourning, collecting, and dressing.
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Bilder konsumieren

Inszenierungen 'exotischer' Körper in früher Bildreklame

Author: Miriam Oesterreich

Publisher: Verlag Wilhelm Fink

ISBN: 3846763241

Category: Art

Page: 485

View: 8876

Im späten 19. Jahrhundert setzte die neu erfundene Bildreklame alles in Szene – Bilder bewarben Massenprodukte und erfuhren erstmals selbst massenhafte Verbreitung. Vor allem Bilder ›exotischer‹ Körper, mit denen für Produkte wie Kaffee oder Kakao geworben wurde, dienten als visuelles Spektakel, das massenhaft konsumiert werden konnte. Dadurch verschob sich die Rezeption des ›Anderen‹ grundlegend: Das ›exotische‹ Produkt und der ›fremde‹ Körper, mit dem es beworben wurde, verschmolzen zu immer noch wirksamen Stereotypen. In der Analyse von Inszenierungen ›exotischer‹ Körper in früher Bildwerbung wird der Frage nachgegangen, wie exotistische Werbebilder um 1900 gefasst werden können. Kunsthistorische Traditionslinien der Imagination des ›Exotischen‹ spielen dabei ebenso eine Rolle wie die Frage nach der zeitgenössischen Rezeption der Bilder im Kontext einer radikalen Veränderung der Sehkultur im 19. Jahrhundert.
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Accessories to Modernity

Fashion and the Feminine in Nineteenth-Century France

Author: Susan Hiner

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812205332

Category: Design

Page: 288

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Accessories to Modernity explores the ways in which feminine fashion accessories, such as cashmere shawls, parasols, fans, and handbags, became essential instruments in the bourgeois idealization of womanhood in nineteenth-century France. Considering how these fashionable objects were portrayed in fashion journals and illustrations, as well as fiction, the book explores the histories and cultural weight of the objects themselves and offers fresh readings of works by Balzac, Flaubert, and Zola, some of the most widely read novels of the period. As social boundaries were becoming more and more fluid in the nineteenth century, one effort to impose order over the looming confusion came, in the case of women, through fashion, and the fashion accessory thus became an ever more crucial tool through which social distinction could be created, projected, and maintained. Looking through the lens of fashion, Susan Hiner explores the interplay of imperialist expansion and domestic rituals, the assertion of privilege in the face of increasing social mobility, gendering practices and their relation to social hierarchies, and the rise of commodity culture and woman's paradoxical status as both consumer and object within it. Through her close focus on these luxury objects, Hiner reframes the feminine fashion accessory as a key symbol of modernity that bridges the erotic and proper, the domestic and exotic, and mass production and the work of art while making a larger claim about the "accessory" status—in terms of both complicity and subordination—of bourgeois women in nineteenth-century France. Women were not simply passive bystanders but rather were themselves accessories to the work of modernity from which they were ostensibly excluded.
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French Global

A New Approach to Literary History

Author: Christie McDonald,Susan Suleiman

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519222

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 576

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Recasting French literary history in terms of the cultures and peoples that interacted within and outside of France's national boundaries, this volume offers a new way of looking at the history of a national literature, along with a truly global and contemporary understanding of language, literature, and culture. The relationship between France's national territory and other regions of the world where French is spoken and written (most of them former colonies) has long been central to discussions of "Francophonie." Boldly expanding such discussions to the whole range of French literature, the essays in this volume explore spaces, mobilities, and multiplicities from the Middle Ages to today. They rethink literary history not in terms of national boundaries, as traditional literary histories have done, but in terms of a global paradigm that emphasizes border crossings and encounters with "others." Contributors offer new ways of reading canonical texts and considering other texts that are not part of the traditional canon. By emphasizing diverse conceptions of language, text, space, and nation, these essays establish a model approach that remains sensitive to the specificities of time and place and to the theoretical concerns informing the study of national literatures in the twenty-first century.
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The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel

Author: Jennifer Yee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191081930

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Nineteenth-century French Realism focuses on metropolitan France, with Paris as its undisputed heart. Through Jennifer Yee's close reading of the great novelists of the French realist and naturalist canon - Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant - The Colonial Comedy reveals that the colonies play a role at a distance even in the most apparently metropolitan texts. In what Edward Said called 'geographical notations' of race and imperialism the presence of the colonies off-stage is apparent as imported objects, colonial merchandise, and individuals whose colonial experience is transformative. Indeed, the realist novel registers the presence of the emerging global world-system through networks of importation, financial speculation, and immigration as well as direct colonial violence and power structures. The literature of the century responds to the last decades of French slavery, and direct colonialism (notably in Algeria), but also economic imperialism and the extension of French influence elsewhere. Far from imperialist triumphalism, in the realist novel exotic objects are portrayed as fake or mass-produced for the growing bourgeois market, while economic imperialism is associated with fraud and manipulation. The deliberate contrast of colonialism and exoticism within the metropolitan novel, and ironic distancing of colonial narratives, reveal the realist mode to be capable of questioning its own epistemological basis. The Colonial Comedy argues for the existence in the nineteenth century of a Critical Orientalism characterized by critique of its own discursive foundations. Using the tools of literary analysis within a materialist approach, The Colonial Comedy opens up the domestic Paris-Provinces axis to signifying chains pointing towards the colonial space.
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The Infernal Desires of Angela Carter

Fiction, Femininity, Feminism

Author: Joseph Bristow,Trev Lynn Broughton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131788745X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Drawing on many aspects of contemporary feminist theory, this lively collection of essays assesses Angela Carter's polemical fictions of desire. Carter, renowned for her irreverent wit, was one of the most gifted, subversive, and stylish British writers to emerge in the 1960s.
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British Colonial Realism in Africa

Inalienable Objects, Contested Domains

Author: Deborah Shapple Spillman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230378013

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

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What role do objects play in realist narratives as they move between societies and their different systems of value as commodities, as charms, as gifts, as trophies, or as curses? This book explores how the struggle to represent objects in British colonial realism corresponded with historical struggles over the material world and its significance.
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This Is Not a President

Sense, Nonsense, and the American Political Imaginary

Author: Diane Rubenstein

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814776205

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

View: 6132

Read The Chronicle of Higher Ed Author Interview In This Is Not a President, Diane Rubenstein looks at the postmodern presidency — from Reagan and George H. W. Bush, through the current administration, and including Hillary. Focusing on those seemingly inexplicable gaps or blind spots in recent American presidential politics, Rubenstein interrogates symptomatic moments in political rhetoric, popular culture, and presidential behavior to elucidate profound and disturbing changes in the American presidency and the way it embodies a national imaginary. In a series of essays written in real time over the past four presidential administrations, Rubenstein traces the vernacular use of the American presidency (as currency, as grist for popular biography, as fictional TV material) to explore the ways in which the American presidency functions as a “transitional object” that allows the American citizen to meet or discover the president while going about her everyday life. The book argues that it is French theory — primarily Lacanian psychoanalysis and the radical semiotic theories of Jean Baudrillard — that best accounts for American political life today. Through episodes as diverse as Iran Contra, George H. W. Bush vomiting in Japan, the 1992 Republican convention, the failed nomination of Lani Guinier, and the Iraq War, This Is Not a President brilliantly situates our collective investment in American political culture.
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Understanding Rancière, Understanding Modernism

Author: Patrick M. Bray

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501311395

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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The contemporary philosopher Jacques Rancière has become over the last two decades one of the most influential voices in philosophy, political theory, and literary, art historical, and film criticism. His work reexamines the divisions that have defined our understanding of modernity, such as art and politics, representation and abstraction, and literature and philosophy. Working across these divisions, he engages the historical roots of modernism at the end of the eighteenth century, uncovering forgotten texts in the archive that trouble our notions of intellectual history. The contributors to Understanding Rancière, Understanding Modernism engage with the multiplicity of Rancière's thought through close readings of his texts, through comparative readings with other philosophers, and through an engagement with modernist works of art and literature. The final section of the volume includes an extended glossary of the most important terms used by Rancière, which will be a valuable resource for experts and students alike.
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The Ideas in Things

Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel

Author: Elaine Freedgood

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226261638

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

View: 6562

Presents an analysis of nineteenth-century English fiction, focusing on objects found in three Victorian novels, arguing that these items have meanings the modern reader does not understand, but were clear to the Victorian reader.
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World Literature in Theory

Author: David Damrosch

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118457676

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 544

View: 1656

World Literature in Theory provides a definitive exploration of the pressing questions facing those studying world literature today. Coverage is split into four parts which examine the origins and seminal formulations of world literature, world literature in the age of globalization, contemporary debates on world literature, and localized versions of world literature Contains more than 30 important theoretical essays by the most influential scholars, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hugo Meltzl, Edward Said, Franco Moretti, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gayatri Spivak Includes substantive introductions to each essay, as well as an annotated bibliography for further reading Allows students to understand, articulate, and debate the most important issues in this rapidly changing field of study
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Declarations of Dependence

The Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South, 1861-1908

Author: Gregory Downs

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 080787776X

Category: History

Page: 360

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In this highly original study, Gregory Downs argues that the most American of wars, the Civil War, created a seemingly un-American popular politics, rooted not in independence but in voluntary claims of dependence. Through an examination of the pleas and petitions of ordinary North Carolinians, Declarations of Dependence contends that the Civil War redirected, not destroyed, claims of dependence by exposing North Carolinians to the expansive but unsystematic power of Union and Confederate governments, and by loosening the legal ties that bound them to husbands, fathers, and masters. Faced with anarchy during the long reconstruction of government authority, people turned fervently to the government for protection and sustenance, pleading in fantastic, intimate ways for attention. This personalistic, or what Downs calls patronal, politics allowed for appeals from subordinate groups like freed blacks and poor whites, and also bound people emotionally to newly expanding postwar states. Downs's argument rewrites the history of the relationship between Americans and their governments, showing the deep roots of dependence, the complex impact of the Civil War upon popular politics, and the powerful role of Progressivism and segregation in submerging a politics of dependence that--in new form--rose again in the New Deal and persists today.
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Revolt, Affect, Collectivity

The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva's Polis

Author: Tina Chanter

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791482642

Category: Philosophy

Page: 223

View: 8902

Explores how the concept of revolution permeates and unifies Kristeva’s body of work.
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Modernist Eroticisms

European Literature After Sexology

Author: A. Schaffner,S. Weller

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137030305

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

View: 1903

This volume explores the impact of sexological and early psychoanalytic conceptions of sexual perversion on the representation of the erotic in the work of a range of major European modernists (including Joyce, Kafka, Lawrence, Mann, Proust and Rilke) as well as in that of some less-well-known figures of the period such as Dujardin and Jahnn.
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Performance and Cultural Politics

Author: Elin Diamond

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136165959

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 8736

Performance and Cultural Politics is a groundbreaking collection of essays which explore the historical and cultural territories of performance, written by the foremost scholars in the field. The essays, exploring performance art, theatre, music and dance, range from Oscar Wilde to Eric Clapton; from the Rose Theatre to U.S. Holocaust museums. The topic includes: * Sex Play: Stereotype, Pose and Dildo * Grave Performances: The Cultural Politics of Memory * Genealogies: Critical Performances * Identity Politics: Passing, Carnival and the Law In the concluding section, `Performer's Performance', performance artist Robbie McCauley offers the practitioner's perspective on performance studies. Interdisciplinary, thought-provoking and rich in new ideas, Performance and Cultural Politics is a landmark in the emerging field of performance studies.
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Das Kapital lesen

Author: Louis Althusser,Étienne Balibar,Roger Establet,Pierre Macherey,Jacques Rancière

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783896919526


Page: 764

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Derrida und die poststrukturalistische Literaturtheorie

Author: Jonathan D. Culler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783499556357

Category: Deconstruction

Page: 350

View: 9057

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Untersuchung zum Fetischismus in der Education sentimentale

Author: Johanna Zeiß

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638425738

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 14

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Romanistik - Französisch - Literatur, Note: 1, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 11 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: In der „Education sentimentale“ hat Flaubert sein Jahrhundert, das der 48ger Revolution, der Industrialisierung und der beginnenden Konsum- und Warengesellschaft, dargestellt. Er wollte „[...]une sorte de fresque de son époque[...]“ malen und dieser Roman, bricht er auch mit der epischen Norm eines traditionellen historischen Romans , da die Revolutionsgeschehnisse dem Leser en passant mitgeteilt werden und das Hauptaugenmerk auf Frédéric, dem passiven ‘Helden’, gerichtet bleibt, stellt ein Stück Zeitgeschichte dar. „[...]c’est par son caractère de document sur toute une époque et d’histoire d’une génération, que le livre était fait [...]. Si Flaubert a dit : Madame Bovary, c’est moi, il aurait pu dire: l’Education sentimentale, c’est mon temps.” Dass die historische Wirklichkeit nicht realistisch abgebildet wurde, sondern dass es sich vielmehr um eine „[...]imaginative Reaktion[...]“ auf diese Wirklichkeit handelt, sei nur am Rande bemerkt. Besonders die „[...]ironische Uneigentlichkeit[...]“ Flauberts ist ein Indiz dafür. Im neunzehnten Jahrhundert gibt es einen Begriff, der „[...]auf breiter Front in den Wissenschaften ausgebaut [wurde].“ Der Terminus des Fetischismus etablierte sich zeitgleich mit einem immer mehr anwachsenden Konsum, besonders in den Städten. Die Menge an artifiziellen Dingen nahm exponentiell zu, es kam zu einem Ungleichgewicht zwischen den Menschen und ihrer dinglichen Umwelt. Die Industrialisierung bewirkte diese Zunahme und auch die Zugänglichkeit der materiellen Güter nicht nur für die oberen Schichten. So schreibt H. Böhme: „Der forcierte Kapitalismus begünstigte ein Besitzstreben, das nicht selten dazu führte, daß zum Beispiel die bürgerlichen Wohnungen der Gründerzeit mit ostentativen Ensembles von Dingen überbordet wurden.“
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Psychoanalysis, feminism, and the future of gender

Author: Joseph H. Smith,Afaf M. Mahfouz

Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr


Category: Medical

Page: 175

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Following the International Women's Year in 1975, a group of men and women met every month for a year at the home of psychoanalyst Edith Weigert to reflect on what was then called the "psychology of women." Recently, a few members of that original group, joined by several others, began a seminar on gender and psychoanalysis with the goal of reexamining old and new writings infeminism, psychoanalysis, and related fields. The nine essays in this book are a result of those discussions. Written by distinguished and varied contributors, they explore the complex relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis and address broader questions of gender. "Psychiatry and the Humanities, Volume 14"
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