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Literature and domination : sex, knowledge, and power in modern fiction

Author: M Keith Booker
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1993.
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Employing thc theoretical resources provided by cultural critics such as Adorno, Jameson, Althusser, and Foucault, M. Keith Booker examines the treatment of issues of power and domination in modern literature. Discussing texts such as Virginia Woolf's The Waves, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Thomas Pynchon's V., and Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler, Booker focuses on gender relations as a locus of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Booker, M. Keith.
Literature and domination.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1993
(DLC) 92041442
(OCoLC)27150511
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Keith Booker
ISBN: 0813019133 9780813019130
OCLC Number: 44954765
Description: 1 online resource (188 pages)
Contents: Introduction: Literature and Domination --
1. This Is Not a Pot: The Assault on Scientific Language in Samuel Beckett's Watt --
2. Tradition, Authority, and Subjectivity: Narrative Constitution of the Self in The Waves --
3. Adorno, Althusser, and Humbert Humbert: Nabokov's Lolita as Neo-Marxist Critique of Bourgeois Subjectivity --
4. Mastery and Sexual Domination: Imperialism as Rape in Pynchon's V. --
5. Who's the Boss? Reader, Author, and Text in Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler --
6. Against Epistemology in Reading and Teaching: The Failure of Interpretive Mastery in Beckett's The Lost Ones.
Other Titles: Literature & domination
Responsibility: M. Keith Booker.

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Employing thc theoretical resources provided by cultural critics such as Adorno, Jameson, Althusser, and Foucault, M. Keith Booker examines the treatment of issues of power and domination in modern literature. Discussing texts such as Virginia Woolf's The Waves, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Thomas Pynchon's V., and Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler, Booker focuses on gender relations as a locus of struggles for power in human relations generally. He also pays special attention to the work of Samuel Beckett, reading the novels Watt and The Lost Ones to explore the issues of power and domination in an Irish cultural context. For all of the texts read, such issues are explored in terms not only of content but of style and form. What is distinctive about many modern texts, Booker claims, is the reflexive way literary meditations on power, authority, and domination turn inward to involve examinations of textuality and reading as images of the kinds of struggles for mastery that inform society at large. Booker suggests that literary knowledge is of a different order than the traditional theoretical knowledge that is equated with power in the West. "Literature has the potential to explore and illuminate objects of inquiry in a mode of dialogue and performance rather than by seeking to dominate them in the traditional mode of science," he writes. "Especially in the difficult and complex texts of modern literature, successful reading requires that readers and texts work together, pointing toward ways the human drive for mastery can be fulfilled through cooperation rather than through demanding the submission of some Other who is being mastered or dominated."

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