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The Opposite of Desire : Sex and Pleasure in the Modernist Novel (Hardcover)

Author: Krouse, Tony

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In The Opposite of Desire, Tonya Krouse argues that explicit depictions of sex and sexuality operate as central sites of modernist aesthetic experimentation. To explore the aesthetic repercussions of these scenes in the novels of Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and James Joyce, Krouse resists the common critical approach of reading such representations through theories of desire, obscenity, or pornography. Instead, she examines these depictions in terms of "the opposite of desire," or pleasure, and this approach allows Krouse to historicize these novelists' preoccupations with entering into discourses on sex and sexuality.
Examining explicit representations of sex and sexuality in modernist novels, Krouse asserts that these scenes provide a lens through which to examine modernist aesthetic interests as well as the centrality of issues surrounding sex, sexuality, and gender in the modernist period. Approaching scenes of sex and sexuality with the aid of Michel Foucault's theories about sexual discourses, The Opposite of Desire thoroughly examines modernist attempts to put pleasure into representation.


Publisher Lexington Books
Mfg Part# 9780739123386
SKU 209001660
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0739123386
Release Date 10/1/2008
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0181
Publisher Lexington Books
$79.53 + free shipping
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