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Creep : a life, a theory, an apology

Author: Jonathan Alexander
Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA : Punctum Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this provocative book, Jonathan Alexander interweaves personal narrative and cultural analyses to explore what it means to be a creep. Calling this work a critical memoir, he draws on his own experiences growing up gay in the deep south, while also interrogating examples from literature and popular film and media, to approach the figure of the creep with some sympathy. Ranging widely over contemporary culture,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jonathan Alexander
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Alexander
ISBN: 9781947447103 1947447106
OCLC Number: 1029055794
Description: 167 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Jonathan Alexander.

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In this provocative book, Jonathan Alexander interweaves personal narrative and cultural analyses to explore what it means to be a creep. Calling this work a critical memoir, he draws on his own experiences growing up gay in the deep south, while also interrogating examples from literature and popular film and media, to approach the figure of the creep with some sympathy. Ranging widely over contemporary culture, especially the ever-creeping presence of nearly ubiquitous surveillance, Alexander confesses his own creepiness while also explaining to us what being creepy can show us in turn about our culture. He also resurrects some famous "creeps" from the past, such as J.R. Ackerley, to explore what makes a creep creepy, and how even the best of us succumb at times to being creeps.

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