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The Resource Literature and domination : sex, knowledge, and power in modern fiction, M. Keith Booker

Literature and domination : sex, knowledge, and power in modern fiction, M. Keith Booker

Label
Literature and domination : sex, knowledge, and power in modern fiction
Title
Literature and domination
Title remainder
sex, knowledge, and power in modern fiction
Statement of responsibility
M. Keith Booker
Title variation
  • Sex, knowledge, and power in modern fiction
  • Literature & domination
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Employing thc theoretical resources provided by cultural critics such as Adorno, Jameson, Althusser, and Foucault, M. Keith Booker examines the treatment of issues of power and domination in modern literature. Discussing texts such as Virginia Woolf's The Waves, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Thomas Pynchon's V., and Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler, Booker focuses on gender relations as a locus of struggles for power in human relations generally. He also pays special attention to the work of Samuel Beckett, reading the novels Watt and The Lost Ones to explore the issues of power and domination in an Irish cultural context. For all of the texts read, such issues are explored in terms not only of content but of style and form. What is distinctive about many modern texts, Booker claims, is the reflexive way literary meditations on power, authority, and domination turn inward to involve examinations of textuality and reading as images of the kinds of struggles for mastery that inform society at large. Booker suggests that literary knowledge is of a different order than the traditional theoretical knowledge that is equated with power in the West. "Literature has the potential to explore and illuminate objects of inquiry in a mode of dialogue and performance rather than by seeking to dominate them in the traditional mode of science," he writes. "Especially in the difficult and complex texts of modern literature, successful reading requires that readers and texts work together, pointing toward ways the human drive for mastery can be fulfilled through cooperation rather than through demanding the submission of some Other who is being mastered or dominated."
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DLC
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Booker, M. Keith
Dewey number
809.3/04
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PN3503
LC item number
.B62 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fiction
  • Dominance (Psychology) in literature
  • Sex role in literature
  • Power (Social sciences) in literature
Label
Literature and domination : sex, knowledge, and power in modern fiction, M. Keith Booker
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780813011950.pdf
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Publication
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Spine title: Literature & domination
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Literature and Domination -- 1. This Is Not a Pot: The Assault on Scientific Language in Samuel Beckett's Watt -- 2. Tradition, Authority, and Subjectivity: Narrative Constitution of the Self in The Waves -- 3. Adorno, Althusser, and Humbert Humbert: Nabokov's Lolita as Neo-Marxist Critique of Bourgeois Subjectivity -- 4. Mastery and Sexual Domination: Imperialism as Rape in Pynchon's V. -- 5. Who's the Boss? Reader, Author, and Text in Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler -- 6. Against Epistemology in Reading and Teaching: The Failure of Interpretive Mastery in Beckett's The Lost Ones
Control code
ocm27150511
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
188 pages
Isbn
9780813011950
Lccn
92041442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780813011950
  • (OCoLC)27150511
Label
Literature and domination : sex, knowledge, and power in modern fiction, M. Keith Booker
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780813011950.pdf
Publication
Note
Spine title: Literature & domination
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Literature and Domination -- 1. This Is Not a Pot: The Assault on Scientific Language in Samuel Beckett's Watt -- 2. Tradition, Authority, and Subjectivity: Narrative Constitution of the Self in The Waves -- 3. Adorno, Althusser, and Humbert Humbert: Nabokov's Lolita as Neo-Marxist Critique of Bourgeois Subjectivity -- 4. Mastery and Sexual Domination: Imperialism as Rape in Pynchon's V. -- 5. Who's the Boss? Reader, Author, and Text in Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler -- 6. Against Epistemology in Reading and Teaching: The Failure of Interpretive Mastery in Beckett's The Lost Ones
Control code
ocm27150511
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
188 pages
Isbn
9780813011950
Lccn
92041442
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780813011950
  • (OCoLC)27150511

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