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Sex, time, and space in contemporary fiction : exceptional intercourse

Author: Ben Davies
Publisher: [London] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]. ©2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In an exciting and compelling contribution to contemporary literary studies, this book takes the concept of 'exceptionality' as its point of departure as developed through an exploration of Giorgio Agamben's theory of the state of exception and the work of theorists including Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Through an analysis of a range of widely read contemporary fiction, including On Chesil Beach, Gertrude  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Davies
ISBN: 1137485884 9781137485885
OCLC Number: 942380233
Description: xviii, 178 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Exceptionality --
Agamben's State of Exception --
Exceptional Sex --
Novels and Norms, Transgression and Perversion --
Textual Exceptionalities --
Exceptional Textuality --
2. Hymenality: On Chesil Beach --
The Heterotopic Hymen --
Hymenal Space --
Ejaculatory Ejection --
Hymenal Time --
Historical Time, Exceptional Rupture --
3. Incestuous Implications: Gertrude and Claudius --
Iterations --
Adulterous Parallelism --
Abandonment --
Re-iterations --
The Incestuous Prequel --
4. Sexual Sets: The Act of Love --
The (Extra)Marital Set --
Subset A (Extra) Marital Exceptions --
A.1. Time and Space --
A.2. Subspace --
A.3. The Abandonment of (Extra)Marital Law --
Subset B The Narratorial Set --
B.1. Self-exception --
B.2. Storytelling --
B.3. The Reader --
5. Exceptional Existences: Room --
'Room Just Is': Time and Space --
'What's Normal?' --
Jack and the Wolf --
Coda: 'Like in a Book'.
Responsibility: Ben Davies.

Abstract:

"In an exciting and compelling contribution to contemporary literary studies, this book takes the concept of 'exceptionality' as its point of departure as developed through an exploration of Giorgio Agamben's theory of the state of exception and the work of theorists including Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Through an analysis of a range of widely read contemporary fiction, including On Chesil Beach, Gertrude and Claudius, the Act of Love and Room, Ben Davies provides a rigorous exploration of narrative form and offers original theories of the prequel, narrative relations in terms of set theory, and the practice of reading itself."--Page [4] of cover.

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