On Spiders, Cyborgs, and Being Scared: The Feminine and the Sublime

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 182 pages
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This innovative book explores one of the most important concepts in contemporary cultural debates: the sublime. Joanna Zylinska looks at the consequences of feminism and its rethinking of sexual differences, and how it has led to the sublime tradition. She argues that what is generally considered aesthetics can now be more productive thought of in terms of ethics instead. Looking at a range of diverse discourses—Orlan's carnal art, philosophies of the everyday, the French feminism of Cixous and Irigaray, and the gender theory of Judith Butler—Zylinska intertwines the boundaries of cultural theory and textual practice to produce an ethics of the feminine sublime.

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On spiders
the discourse of
whats sublime about spiders?49
Between aesthetics and ethics68
from the spiders
the feminine
The sublime and the uncanny160
Love is in the air 170

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Page 182 - In general we are reminded that the word 'heimlich' is not unambiguous, but belongs to two sets of ideas, which, without being contradictory, are yet very different: on the one hand it means what is familiar and agreeable, and on the other, what is concealed and kept out of...

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Joanna Zylinska is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University College.

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