Are bodies sexy? How, and in what sorts of ways? "Sexy Bodies" investigates the production of sexual bodies and sexual practices, sexualities of all kinds--dyke, bisexual, transracial, even heterosexual. While celebrating lesbian and queer sexualities, "Sexy Bodies" also explores what runs underneath and within "all" sexualities, discovering what is fundamentally strange about all bodies, all carnalities.
Looking at a pleasurable variety of cultural forms and texts, the contributors consider the particular charms of girls and horses, from "National Velvet" to "Marnie"; discuss figures of the lesbian body, from vampires to tomboys; uncover "virtual" lesbians in the fiction of Jeanette Winterson; track desire in the music of legendary Blues singers; and investigate the ever-scrutinized and celebrated body of Elizabeth Taylor. The collection also includes two important pieces of fiction by Mary Fallon and Nicole Brossard.
"Sexy Bodies" makes new connections between and among bodies, cruising the borders of the obscene, the pleasurable, the desirable, and the unspoken, rethinking sexuality anew, as deeply and stangely sexy.
Contributors: Sue Best, Nicole Brossard, Dianne Chisholm, Barbara Creed, Angela Davis, Mary Fallon, Anna Gibbs, Sue Golding, Elizabeth Grosz, Melissa Jane Hardie, Lisa Moore, Chantal Nadeau, Elspeth Probyn, Sabina Sawhney, Catherine Waldby
..."this collection of critical, queer, feminist, erotic writings is exceptional, bringing embodied clarity to critical thinking. "Sexy Bodies transgresses the normative stylistic boundries of academic language and prose, re-formulating rather than re-defining how we can speak and think and write... Not content to write about sex and bodies, the editors asked the contributers to write as sex and bodies... the result is energizing.... this book accepts the indefinable, engorges us and consumes us. Much like good sex.... I savour this volume for its diversity in thought, culture, style, and vision of sexuality.."
""Sexy Bodies is a wonderfully sexy, wonderfully smart, decidedly feminist, bold and fun book."
-Jane Gallup, author of "Around 1981
""Sexy Bodiesi attempts to move beyond the current "unsxy" state of acdemic research on the body by exploring the production of sexulities instead of their dexription... Grosz and Probyn concieve of sexuality in the broadest possible thematic and methodological term. Charmaine Eddy, Canadian Literature, Winter 2001."