This provocative book re-conceives the erotic and its imaginative manifestations as an aesthetic ultimately driven by the disruption of desire. Critical, philosophical, and erotic texts construct a framework for understanding the aesthetics of eroticism including a "resisting nude" grounded in a theory of absence and the psychosocial dynamic of physical and mental surveillance. Resisting Nudities offers a necessary link between the poetry of jouissance and the revolt of body and mind intrinsic to the erotic, at a key moment in our contemporary cultural landscape. Written through a poetic lens, it is a creative new analysis of what George Bataille called the most intense of human moments.
The Author: Florence Dee Boodakian has a Ph.D. in modern British literature from New York University and currently teaches English literature and human rights studies at SUNY Nassau. She is the author of Tormenting Angel: A Psychoaesthetic Theory of Imagination (Peter Lang, 1999).