On Pain of Speech: Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary Rant by Dina Al-KassimOn Pain of Speech: Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary Rant by Dina Al-Kassim

On Pain of Speech: Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary Rant

byDina Al-Kassim

Paperback | February 8, 2010

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On Pain of Speechtracks the literary rant, an expression of provocation and resistance that imagines the power to speak in its own name where no such right is granted. Focusing on the "politics of address,” Dina Al-Kassim views the rant through the lens of Michel Foucault's notion of the biopolitical subject and finds that its abject address is an essential yet overlooked feature of modernism. Deftly approaching disparate fields#151;decadent modernism, queer studies, subjection, critical psychoanalysis, and postcolonial avant-garde#151;and encompassing both Euro-American and Francophone Arabic modernisms, she offers an ambitious theoretical perspective on the ongoing redefinition of modernism. She includes readings of Jane Bowles, Abdelwahab Meddeb, and Oscar Wilde, and invokes a wide range of ideas, including those of Theodor Adorno, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Judith Butler, Jean Laplanche, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.
Dina Al-Kassim is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.
Title:On Pain of Speech: Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary RantFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:February 8, 2010Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Politics of Address

1. On Being Stubborn
Oscar Wilde and the Modern Type

2. "The Bar Was Not Very Gay”
New Kinship and the Serious Writer’s Block

3. "A Long Tirade for a Direct Interjection”
Talismano Rebukes the Oriental Tale in Jacques Lacan’s Séminaires

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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“Al-Kassim’s analysis could profitably be applied to much modernist and avant-garde writing. . . . It is already remarkably portable across decades and nations and movements. . . . This wide portability and the refreshingly readable prose of the book make On Pain of Speech an ideal text for courses on post-colonialism, Modernism, and avant-garde literatures at the advanced undergraduate level and beyond.”