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Body work : objects of desire in modern narrative

Author: Peter Brooks
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The desire to know the body is a powerful dynamic of storytelling in all its forms. Peter Brooks argues that modern narrative is intent on uncovering the body in order to expose a truth that must be written in the flesh. In a book that ranges widely through literature and painting, Brooks shows how the imagination strives to bring the body into language and to write stories on the body. From Rousseau, Balzac, Mary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brooks, Peter, 1938-
Body work.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)623778665
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Brooks
ISBN: 0674077253 9780674077256 0674077245 9780674077249
OCLC Number: 26807912
Description: xiv, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Narrative and the body --
Invasions of privacy: the body in the novel --
Marking out the modern body: the French revolution and Balzac --
The body in the field of vision --
Nana at last unveil'd? Problems of the modern nude --
Gauguin's Tahitian body --
What is a monster? (according to Frankenstein) --
Talking bodies, delicate vessels --
Transgressive bodies.
Responsibility: Peter Brooks.

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Discusses dozens of the most familiar stories and images of modernism, such as Shelley's "Frankenstein", Zola's "Nana" and Manet's "Olympia", in an attempt to discover how and why the body may  Read more...

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