Irritable Bodies and Postmodern Subjects in Pynchon, Puig, Volponi - Mobili, Giorgio
76,00 €
versandkostenfrei*

inkl. MwSt.
Sofort lieferbar
0 °P sammeln
  • Gebundenes Buch

Irritable Bodies and Postmodern Subjects in Pynchon, Puig, Volponi examines the recurrence of violent body figuration in the fiction of Pynchon, Puig, and Volponi, and also in the fiction of several other postmodern authors who published their literature during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Different as they may be, these authors engage in analogous representative strategies, as their prose is frequently and similarly disrupted by obscene images of wounded, torn, or deformed bodies. In their mix of irony and morbidity, in the hyper-reality of their depiction, in the unwarranted,…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Irritable Bodies and Postmodern Subjects in Pynchon, Puig, Volponi examines the recurrence of violent body figuration in the fiction of Pynchon, Puig, and Volponi, and also in the fiction of several other postmodern authors who published their literature during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Different as they may be, these authors engage in analogous representative strategies, as their prose is frequently and similarly disrupted by obscene images of wounded, torn, or deformed bodies. In their mix of irony and morbidity, in the hyper-reality of their depiction, in the unwarranted, apparently random nature of their occurrence, these shocking outbreaks exemplify an uncompromisingly "irritable" style which is one fundamental element of postmodernist representation. The author argues how through their fascination with obscene material, these writers address burning issues about the significance of the corporeal in a seemingly discourse-defined universe. This book is a great resource for literary graduate students who are interested in a comparative approach to contemporary literature.
  • Produktdetails
  • Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature .92
  • Verlag: Peter Lang Ltd. International Academic Publishers
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 349713
  • Neuausg.
  • Erscheinungstermin: 4. Januar 2008
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 154mm x 22mm
  • Gewicht: 540g
  • ISBN-13: 9780820497136
  • ISBN-10: 0820497134
  • Artikelnr.: 27457476
Autorenporträt
The Author: Giorgio Mobili holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and he teaches humanities and Italian at California State University, Fresno. His field of expertise is comparative (Italian, French, American, Latin-American) literature with an emphasis on twentieth-century fiction. He has published articles on both modern and contemporary authors.
Rezensionen
"In this elegant and finely crafted comparative study of contemporary postmodern fiction in the United States, Latin America, Italy, and several other countries, Giorgio Mobili offers us a fresh new view of what it means when modern-day artists, be they writers or cinematographers, make a point of showing what has previously remained hidden to their audience. Writing beautifully and persuasively on a host of well-known, critically acclaimed novels, as well as on several important films of the last few decades, Mobili demonstrates the indispensable value of the Lacanian notion of the Real - in essence, that which resists or exceeds symbolic articulation - to our understanding of current literary production. The notion in question, which internationally recognized theorists from Kristeva to Zizek have studied and developed in other contexts, is shown here to translate as the disquieting omnipresence of the human body, especially in its most abject forms, in contemporary literature and art. Referring to fears of nuclear holocaust in Volponi's works, sexual anxieties in those of Puig, or utopian disillusionment in Pynchon's, Mobili opens our eyes wide to the many ways in which bodies are now represented and perceived. He also explains in terms far simpler than those utilized by many other critics the different historical, socio-political, and psychological reasons behind this perspective and thematic evolution in the modern novel. All readers and viewers of modern fiction and cinema thus stand to learn a great deal from this lucid, informed book, in particular those who continue to ask why we as a global society seem nowadays to need to visualize corporeal horrors unimaginable in previous times." (Stamos Metzidakis, Assistant Chair, Romance Language; Director of Graduate Studies in French; and Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis)…mehr