Abjection and Representation: An Exploration of Abjection in the Visual Arts, Film and Literature by R. AryaAbjection and Representation: An Exploration of Abjection in the Visual Arts, Film and Literature by R. Arya

Abjection and Representation: An Exploration of Abjection in the Visual Arts, Film and Literature

byR. Arya

Hardcover | September 24, 2014

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Abjection and Representation is a theoretical investigation of the concept of abjection as expounded by Julia Kristeva in Powers of Horror (1982) and its application in various fields, including the visual arts, film and literature. Rina Arya provides an accessible, systematic and interdisciplinary exposition of abjection in psychoanalysis, the role that it occupies in society and its resonance in different cultural fields. Drawing on the work of Georges Bataille, Mary Douglas and other theorists, the book explores the significance and continuing development of abjection as a cultural code that is of interest to contemporary artists, writers and film theorists. It promotes rigour, intelligibility and cross-disciplinary understanding.
Rina Arya is Reader at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Her areas of expertise include art theory and post-war art, and she has written extensively on Francis Bacon and Georges Bataille. Previously published works include Francis Bacon: Painting in a Godless World (2012), which was long-listed for the William M. B. Berger Prize fo...
Title:Abjection and Representation: An Exploration of Abjection in the Visual Arts, Film and LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:September 24, 2014Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230389333

ISBN - 13:9780230389335

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Introduction
1. Unpacking Abjection
2. A Cultural History of Abjection
3. Recovering the Sacred: The Abject Body
4. Abjection in the Visual Arts
5. The Formless
6. Abjection and Film
7. Abjection in Literature
Concluding Remarks

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'Rina Arya's Abjection and Representation is a clearly written and accessible introductory guide to our various social, political, psychic, corporeal, and aesthetic 'adventures of abjection' in contemporary theory, art, literature, and film. The book is long-needed and effectively has no peers.' – Calvin Thomas, Georgia State University, USA  'The theme of abjection involves necessarily close attention to the work of Georges Bataille and Julia Kristeva. It begins in our human experience of the body in all its complexity, involving a profound sense of the sacred and the dark depths of psychoanalysis in Kristeva's writings. At the same time, the relationship between experience and the theoretical is central to Arya's work. She covers the fields of art, film and literature with equal ease and leaves us profoundly in her debt. This is a mature, articulate book that traverses difficult terrain for the reader who will find the author a sure and invaluable guide.' - David Jasper, University of Glasgow and Renmin University of China, Beijing