Sublime Enjoyment: On the Perverse Motive in American Literature by Dennis A. FosterSublime Enjoyment: On the Perverse Motive in American Literature by Dennis A. Foster

Sublime Enjoyment: On the Perverse Motive in American Literature

byDennis A. Foster

Paperback | April 9, 2009

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Linking classic American literature to contemporary popular culture, Sublime Enjoyment argues that the rational systems of normal social life are motivated and sustained by "perverse" desires. This perversity arises from the failure of symbolic satisfaction--love, work, success--to make us happy, and from our refusal to accept that failure. Examining the ways in which this inadvertence is represented in American literature and culture, Dennis Foster identifies ways that longings are linked to social forces.
Title:Sublime Enjoyment: On the Perverse Motive in American LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.43 inPublished:April 9, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521108187

ISBN - 13:9780521108188

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the problem with pleasure; 2. The sublime community; 3. Re-Poe Man: Poe's un-American sublime; 4. Too resurgent: liquidity and consumption in Henry James; 5. Alphabetic pleasures: The Names; 6. J. G. Ballard's empire of the senses: perversion and the failure of authority; 7. Fatal West: W. S. Burrough's perverse destiny; 8. Conclusion: agency in the perverse; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"Perhaps the greatest value...is...[the] conscious negotiation of the always uneasy space between literary criticism and sociopolitical transformation." Calvin Thomas, Contemporary Literature