New PDF release: Sex, Time, and Space in Contemporary Fiction: Exceptional

By Ben Davies

ISBN-10: 1137485884

ISBN-13: 9781137485885

ISBN-10: 1137485892

ISBN-13: 9781137485892

Combining shut readings of literature and conception, Sex, Time, and area in modern Fiction opens up new how one can contemplate the sex-time-space nexus. In an exhilarating and compelling contribution to modern literary reviews, this booklet takes the idea that of ‘exceptionality’ as its element of departure as built via an exploration of Giorgio Agamben’s conception of the kingdom of exception and the paintings of theorists together with Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. via an research of a number extensively learn modern fiction, together with On Chesil Beach, Gertrude and Claudius, The Act of Love and Room, Ben Daviesprovides a rigorous exploration of narrative shape and provides unique theories of the prequel, narrative family members by way of set concept, and the perform of interpreting itself.

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As well as opening up a different type of spatiotemporality, or a different way of thinking about narrative time and space, exceptional sex also offers alternative ways to think about representations of gender and sexuality in contemporary literature. 21 Indeed, in Agamben’s theory of the state of exception the reduction of human to ‘beast’—(re) becoming animal or, rather, the indetermination of human and beast—can be seen as being more significant than any remaining gender differences INTRODUCTION: EXCEPTIONALITY 17 between exceptional subjects.

Likewise, Penelope Deutscher critiques the dearth of women’s bodies and reproductivity in Agamben’s work on the state of exception in her essay ‘The Inversion of Exceptionality: Foucault, Agamben, and “Reproductive Rights”’ (2008).  9), is immensely valuable. ), Straight with a Twist: Queer Theory and the Subject of Heterosexuality (2000); and Richard Fantina, Straight Writ Queer: Non-Normative Expressions of Heterosexuality in Literature (2006). Despite attempts to broaden the meaning of ‘queer’ beyond gay and lesbian sexualities and to challenge the configuration of the in/out, straight/queer configuration, there can still be a critical tendency to make an overly straightforward alignment between textual space, writing, and queerness.

Consequently, she argues, the disciplinary field oversimplifies heteronormativity and becomes itself normalised, trading in ‘antinormative normativities’ (p. 326). For a recent attempt to formulate, or indeed return to, a form of queer theory that is not dependent on normativity/antinormativity, see Claire Colebrook’s Sex After Life: Essays on Extinction, Volume 2 (2014). Interestingly, Wiegman herself anticipates and problematises such moves, writing: So even if this discussion might lead to the conclusion that Queer Studies must now reinvent itself, either by shifting its sights from normativity or giving normativity a far more historical specification, or by opening its idealization of antinormativity to critique, there will be no way to arrive into a newer version of the field cleansed of strategic foreclosure.

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