Beauty and the Abject: Interdisciplinary Perspectives by Leslie Boldt-IronsBeauty and the Abject: Interdisciplinary Perspectives by Leslie Boldt-Irons

Beauty and the Abject: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

EditorLeslie Boldt-Irons

Hardcover | January 5, 2007

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This collection of eighteen essays explores the meanings and depictions of beauty and the abject in art (from Renaissance portraiture to the canvasses of Salvador Dali); photography and the representation of the body; film (from the horror genre and gay/lesbian sexuality to socio-political problems); literature (from classical lyric and pastoral drama to the contemporary verbal arts); cultural studies (from the femme fatale and James Bond to vampires and monsters); architecture; and linguistics. These essays not only examine the theme from a variety of media and critical perspectives, they also scrutinize and challenge traditional notions of beauty and the abject.

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The Editors: Leslie Boldt-Irons is Professor of French at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada), where she teaches primarily twentieth-century literature and French culture and civilization. She translated into English Georges Bataille’s L’experience interieure in 1988 and edited a collection of essays, On Bataille, in 199...

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Title:Beauty and the Abject: Interdisciplinary PerspectivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.06 × 6.3 × 0.98 inPublished:January 5, 2007Publisher:Peter Lang Inc., International Academic PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820488100

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Contents: Barry Keith Grant: Children of the Day: Sex, Gender, and the New Horror Film – Bryn Gribben: «Compose Yourself’ Through Impatient Gaiety»: How Dr. Jekyll Made a Spectacle of Himself – Catherine Heard: The Persistence of Monsters – Leslie Boldt-Irons: In Search of the Archaic Mother: The Space of the Abject in Bataille’s My Mother and Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil – S.D. Chrostowska: A Passing Glance: Psychic and Aesthetic Encounters with Deadness and Dying – Bruce Elder: Luis Buñuel’s Las Hurdes (1933) – James Robert Allard: The Eyes Have It: Seeing the Beautiful in Gray’s Anatomy – Sally Hickson: «Pretty Maids All in a Row»: Some Thoughts on Collections of Female «Beauties» in the Renaissance – Nancy Pedri: Portraiture’s Unruly Faces: Beauty in Jo Spence’s Putting Myself in the Picture – Anna Ghiglione: The Sensible Eye: Beauty and Abject in Ancient Confucian Thinking about Funeral Rites – Michael Johnson: «Honey Falling upon Honey»: The Angelus Couple in the Works of Dali – Marina Rodosthenous: «Beauty» and «the Abject» in the Cretan Renaissance Pastoral Tragicomedy Panoria by Georgios Chortatsis – Elizabeth D’Angelo: The Semiotics of Homosexuality in Television Commercials and Film: Diabolique and Bound – Erin Finley: One of These Days These Boots Are Gonna Walk All Over You: An Examination of the Femme Fatale’s Evolution – Jim Leach: The Spymaster who Loved Me: M and the Gender Dynamics of the Bond Phenomenon – Peter Glidden: Beauty and the Beast within: The Glorious Bastards of Versailles – Carol U. Merriam: Sleeping Beauty: Propertius, Elegies 1.3 – John Picchione: Poetry and the Abject: The Case of the Italian New Avant-Garde.