Haunted by Words: Scandalous Texts by Alyson MillerHaunted by Words: Scandalous Texts by Alyson Miller

Haunted by Words: Scandalous Texts

byAlyson Miller

Paperback | April 29, 2013

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This book critically examines a wide range of contemporary literary scandals in order to identify the cultural and literary anxieties revealed by controversial works. It explores how scandal predominantly emerges in relation to texts which offer challenging representations concerning children, women, sexuality, religion and authenticity, and how literary controversies bring to the surface a series of concerns about the complex construction of identity, history and reality. Including works such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (1996–2007), Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho (1991), James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces (2003), Misha Defonseca’s Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust (1997), Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses (1988) and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (1995–2000), the author analyses a broad spectrum of texts in order to examine why books continue to provoke public debate and outrage, and what the arguments surrounding scandalous works suggest about literature and the world.
Alyson Miller has a PhD in literary studies from Deakin University, where she is a lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. Her creative and critical works have been published in international and Australian journals. Her research examines scandalous literature, identity politics, and anxieties relating to gender and ...
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Title:Haunted by Words: Scandalous TextsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2013Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034313950

ISBN - 13:9783034313957

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Table of Contents

Contents: Unsuited to Age Group: The Anxieties of Children’s Literature – Dismembering Women: Gender and Identity in Top-Notch Smut – The Art of Persuasive Lying: Faking it in Memoir – From Holy Books to Satanic Verses: Confronting the Sacred.