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Intimate Violence : Reading Rape and Torture in Twentieth-Century Fiction - Laura E. Tanner

Intimate Violence

Reading Rape and Torture in Twentieth-Century Fiction

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Published: 22nd November 1994
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Victims of rape and torture experience a forced intimacy with their violators that may be exaggerated, unveiled, or obscured in the act of representation. Focusing on acts of "intimate violence" and their fictional representations, this study explores the disturbing dynamics that propel readers into intimate contact with the power of the rapist or the vulnerability of the victim.
Using such notorious works as D. M. Thomas's The White Hotel, Hubert Selby's Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, as well as novels by William Faulkner, George Orwell, Gloria Naylor, and Louise Erdrich, Intimate Violence offers a theory of reading violation that emphasizes the reader's status as negotiator between the conventions of representation and the material dynamics of violence. Suspended between material and semiotic worlds, the reader in the scene of violence must adopt a position relative not only to victim and violator but to the attitudes about violation encoded in representation and experienced through reading. The reader may find the victim's body reduced to literary convention or unveiled with agonizing specificity, be swept up by the rhythms of the violator's force or experience the jarring disruptions of the victim's pain.
Appropriating elements of diverse theoretical models, such as feminist film theory, Marxism, and theories of the body, Intimate Violence renders visible the way in which representations of violation may exaggerate the reader's disembodied status or, conversely, lend that reader a textual body which delimits his or her experience of the text.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 3
Reading Rape: Sanctuary and The Women of Brewster Placep. 17
Reading Torture: 1984 and Amnesty Internationalp. 35
Sweet Pain and Charred Bodies: Figuring Violence in The White Hotelp. 58
Envisioning Violence: Seeing/Selling the Body in Last Exit to Brooklynp. 74
American Psycho and the American Psyche: Reading the Forbidden Textp. 96
"Known in the Brain and Known in the Flesh": Gender, Race, and the Vulnerable Body in Tracksp. 115
Notesp. 143
Works Citedp. 149
Indexp. 153
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ISBN: 9780253356482
ISBN-10: 0253356482
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 22nd November 1994
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.03