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Nancy Bombaci

Freaks In Late Modernist American Culture

Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, And Carson Mccullers

€ 74.75

Freaks in Late Modernist American Culture explores the emergence of what Nancy Bombaci terms «late modernist freakish aesthetics» - a creative fusion of «high» and «low» themes and forms in relation to distorted bodies. Literary and cinematic texts about «freaks» by Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers subvert and reinvent modern progress narratives in order to challenge high modernist literary and social ideologies. These works are marked by an acceptance of the disteleology, anarchy, and degeneration that racist discourses of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries associated with racial and ethnic outsiders, particularly Jews. In a period of American culture beset with increasing pressures for social and political conformity and with the threat of fascism from Europe, these late modernist narratives about «freaks» defy oppressive norms and values as they search for an anarchic and transformational creativity.

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1(8)
Chapter One: Degeneration,Anti-Semitism, and the Enfreakment of Modernism 9(16)
Chapter Two: Nathanael West`s Aspiring Freakish Flaneurs 25(24)
Chapter Three: `Well of Course, I Used to Be Absolutely Gorgeous, Dear`: The Female Interviewer as Subject/Object in Djuna Barnes`s Journalism 49(16)
Chapter Four: Heredity, Transvestism, and the Limits of Self-Fashioning in Nightwood 65(16)
Chapter Five: Horror, Melodrama, and Mutable Masculine Identity in Tod Browning`s Films 81(28)
Chapter Six: `This Thing I Long For I Know Not What`: Carson McCulllers and the Melodrama of the Domesticated Freak 109(24)
Conclusion: Deviance, Defiance, and the Problem of `Weirdness` 133(6)
Notes 139(22)
Bibliography 161(12)
Index 173
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175 pagina's
Januari 2005
408 gram
229 x 152 x 19 mm
Peter Lang us

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