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Receptive bodies

Author: Leo Bersani
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Leo Bersani, known for his provocative interrogations of psychoanalysis, sexuality, and the human body, centers his latest book on a surprisingly simple image: a newborn baby simultaneously crying out and drawing its first breath. These twin ideas—absorption and expulsion, the intake of physical and emotional nourishment and the exhalation of breath—form the backbone of Receptive Bodies, a thoughtful new essay  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leo Bersani
ISBN: 9780226579627 022657962X 9780226579764 022657976X
OCLC Number: 1019844775
Description: xii, 135 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Forewarning --
Merde alors --
Why sex? --
Sensual sucking and sociality --
Force in progress --
Receptivity and being-in --
Staring.
Responsibility: Leo Bersani.

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Leo Bersani, known for his provocative interrogations of psychoanalysis, sexuality, and the human body, centers his latest book on a surprisingly simple image: a newborn baby simultaneously crying out and drawing its first breath. These twin ideas—absorption and expulsion, the intake of physical and emotional nourishment and the exhalation of breath—form the backbone of Receptive Bodies, a thoughtful new essay collection. These titular bodies range from fetuses in utero to fully eroticized adults, all the way to celestial giants floating in space. Bersani illustrates his exploration of the body’s capacities to receive and resist what is ostensibly alien using a typically eclectic set of sources, from literary icons like Marquis de Sade to cinematic provocateurs such as Bruno Dumont and Lars von Trier.

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