Visual Perversity: A Re-articulation of Maternal Instinct

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Lexington Books, 2004 - History - 109 pages
Euripides'Bacchae, Colridge's "Christabel," de Sade'sPhilosophy in the Bedroom, and Hitchcock'sPsycho share a common thread. InVisual Perversity: A Re-Articulation of Maternal Instinct Alina M. Luna links each of these texts through the problematic relationships that play out between mother and child. She locates these disturbing tensions in the visual register; the place where the mother attempts to maintain her primal connection to her child, even at catastrophic costs. In each of the four works under consideration by the author, the logic of perversion masked beneath this gaze unfolds--disturbingly. Luna's careful exposition takes place in four chapters, over four expertly constructed theoretical vignettes. Scholars working in cultural studies, literary criticism, continental philosophy and especially gender studies will find Luna's approach novel and inventive.
 

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Contents

Remembering to Mother in Euripides Bacchae
13
A Breast to Dream of Not to Tell Rebirth in Christabel
31
To Spare a Fly and Harm a Son Hitchcocks Norma Bates
53
Breaking the Bond Eugenies Triumph in the Bedroom
77
Eyeing the Margins
101
Selected Bibliography
103
Index
107
About the Author
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Alina M. Luna is Lecturer in English at the State University of New York, Albany.

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