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An aesthetics of injury : the narrative wound from Baudelaire to Tarantino

Author: Ian Thomas Fleishman
Publisher: Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An Aesthetics of Injury exposes wounding as a foundational principle of modernism in literature and film. Theorizing the genre of the narrative wound--texts that aim not only to depict but also to inflict injury--Ian Fleishman reveals harm as an essential aesthetic strategy in ten exemplary authors and filmmakers: Charles Baudelaire, Franz Kafka, Georges Bataille, Jean Genet, Hélène Cixous, Ingeborg Bachmann,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Thomas Fleishman
ISBN: 9780810136809 0810136805 9780810136793 0810136791
OCLC Number: 1003742395
Notes: Revised version of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Harvard University, 2013.
Description: xi, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. An aesthetic of injury --
The literary wound on trial: poetic decadence and Baudelaire's Flowers of evil --
"Sinnbild der Wunde": the ambivalent aestheticism of Kafka's A country doctor --
Bataille's bruise: the mutilated writing of Blue of noon (1927/1935/1957) --
The poetics of omission --
The textual orifice: holes in Jean Genet's Funeral rites --
"Ce qui est coupe repousse": Helene Cixous's Souffles (Breaths, 1975) and the poetics of omission --
The filmic cut --
The woman on the wall: Ingeborg Bachmann's Malina (1971) --
Elfriede Jelinek's and Werner Schroeter's Malina (1991) --
The filmic cut: Elfriede Jelinek's The piano teacher (1983) --
Michael Haneke's The piano teacher (2001) --
Conclusion --
Epilogue: The final cut: Quentin Tarantino, or modernism dismembered.
Responsibility: Ian Fleishman.

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