Polymorphous Domesticities: Pets, Bodies, and Desire in Four Modern Writers by Juliana SchiesariPolymorphous Domesticities: Pets, Bodies, and Desire in Four Modern Writers by Juliana Schiesari

Polymorphous Domesticities: Pets, Bodies, and Desire in Four Modern Writers

byJuliana Schiesari

Paperback | March 6, 2012

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Polymorphous Domesticities maps out the play of gender, sexuality, and alternative forms of domesticity in the works of four modern European and American writers—Edith Wharton, Djuna Barnes, Colette, and J. R. Ackerley. What these four writers have in common is a defiance of patriarchal paradigms in their lives as well as in their works. Not only did they live outside the norms of the heterosexual family unit, they also pursued and wrote about alternative lifestyles that prominently involved animals. Through close readings from a feminist perspective, Juliana Schiesari reconfigures the ways in which interspecies relationships inflect domestic spheres, reading the “Other” through the lens of gender, home, and family. As she explores how domestic life is refigured by the presence of animals, Schiesari challenges anthropocentric frames of reference and brings the very definition of “human” into question.
Juliana Schiesari, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis, is the author most recently of Beasts and Beauties: Animals, Gender, and Domestication in the Italian Renaissance.
Title:Polymorphous Domesticities: Pets, Bodies, and Desire in Four Modern WritersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:March 6, 2012Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Re-Visions of Diana in Edith Wharton
2. Colette at Home
3. Romancing the Beast: J.R. Ackerley’s Dog Days and the Meaning of Sex
Afterword

Bibliography
Notes
Index