Textual Bodies: Changing Boundaries of Literary Representation

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Lori Hope Lefkovitz
SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 291 pages
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In lively and accessible essays of literary criticism, this book approaches literature from classical times through the present with an emphasis on the place and treatment of the human body in the Western textual tradition. The work serves the double purpose of providing new, original, and provocative readings of familiar texts by applying the latest innovations in theory to specific works. Topics range from Sappho's fragments through cross-dressing in medieval romance to mutilation in Kathy Acker's Great Expectations. Together the essays illustrate changing definitions of bodily limits, integrity, transgression, sexuality, and violation in the history of the Western canon.

"This is an intriguing topic, certainly in both theoretical and socio-political fields, where we are redefining the limits and possibilities of the body (reproductive rights and technologies, health and physical fitness claims, AIDS and human sexuality) on a daily basis. I found I was most interested in the new historical approaches to body politics". -- Denise Witzig, St. Mary's College

"The most interesting features of this collection are its range across historical periods, the breadth of its chronological span, and the quality of the individual essays". -- Joan Dagle, Rhode Island College


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Sapphos Body in Pieces
Aristotle Gynecology and the Body Sick with Desire
CrossDressing in Medieval Romance
Devotion and Defilement The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Corporeal Hagiographics of Chaucers Prioresss Tale
The Somaticized Text Corporeal Semiotic in a Late Medieval Female Hagiography
ShapeShifting Fashion Gender and Metamorphosis in EighteenthCentury England
Mind Over Matter Sexuality and Where the body happens to be in the Alice Books
Oeuvres Intertwined Walter Pater and Antoine Watteau
Florence Nightingale and the Negation of the Body
Slapping Women Ibsens Nora Strindbergs Julie and Freuds Dora
The Mutilating Body and the Decomposing Text Recovery in Kathy Ackers Great Expectations

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About the author (1997)

Lori Hope Lefkovitz is on the faculty of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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