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Intimate Violence: Reading Rape and Torture in Twentieth-Century Fiction

Intimate Violence: Reading Rape and Torture in Twentieth-Century Fiction

By: Laura E. Tanner (author)Hardback

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Tanner deals with the central question of all narrative texts: how the reader is manipulated into empathy or distance by the text.... This study... is the sort that needs to be redone in every classroom and by every mature reader.... Tanner offers provocative and useful discussions of rape and torture... " -ChoiceThis thoughtful and disturbing book raises serious questions about `the consequences... of reading representations of rape and torture.' " -American LiteratureIn this incisive exploration of twentieth-century novels, art, and ads, Laura Tanner explains the mechanisms by which reader and viewer are implicated in violence. Equally effective as a challenge to textual assault is the grace and gentleness of Tanner's own prose. Intimate Violence signals the emergence of an astute and humane critical voice." -Wendy SteinerThrough an examination of such notorious works as The White Hotel and American Psycho, Laura Tanner leads us in a disturbing exploration of the reader's complicity with fictional depictions of intimate violence.

About Author

LAURA E. TANNER is Assistant Professor of English at Boston College.


PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Reading RapeSanctuary and the Women of Brewster Place2. Reading Torture1984 and Amnesty International3. Sweet Pain and Charred BodiesFiguring Violence in The White Hotel4. Envisioning ViolenceSeeing/Selling the Body in Last Exit to Brooklyn5. American Psycho and the American PsycheReading the Forbidden Text6. "Known in the Brain and Known in the Flesh"Gender, Race, and the Vulnerable Body in TracksNotesWorks CitedIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780253356482
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 172
  • ID: 9780253356482
  • weight: 32
  • ISBN10: 0253356482

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