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Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism

Elizabeth Grosz Elspeth Probyn



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06 July 1995
Erotic fiction; Cultural studies; Gender studies, gender groups; Gender studies: women; Lesbian studies; Sexual behaviour; Sex & sexuality, sex manuals
Are bodies sexy? How? In what sorts of ways? This study investigates the production of sexual bodies and sexual practices, of sexualities which are dyke, bi, transracial, and even hetero. It celebrates lesbian and queer sexualities but also explores what runs underneath and within all sexualities, discovering what is fundamentally weird and strange about all bodies. Looking at a variety of cultural forms and texts, the contributors consider the particular charms of girls and horses, from National Velvet to Marnie ; discuss figures of the lesbian body from vampires to tribades to tomboys; uncover virtual lesbians in the fiction of Jeanette Winterson; track desire in the music of legendary Blues singers; and investigate the body of Elizabeth Taylor. The collection includes two pieces of fiction by Mary Fallon and Nicole Brossard.
Edited by:   Elizabeth Grosz, Elspeth Probyn
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780415098021
ISBN 10:   0415098025
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   06 July 1995
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism

... this collection of critical, queer, feminist, erotic writings is exceptional, bringing embodied clarity to critical thinking. Sexy Bodies transgresses the normative stylistic boundries of academic language and prose, re-formulating rather than re-defining how we can speak and think and write... Not content to write about sex and bodies, the editors asked the contributers to write as sex and bodies... the result is energizing.... this book accepts the indefinable, engorges us and consumes us. Much like good sex.... I savour this volume for its diversity in thought, culture, style, and vision of sexuality.. - Index Magazine Sexy Bodies is a wonderfully sexy, wonderfully smart, decidedly feminist, bold and fun book. -Jane Gallup, author of Around 1981 Sexy Bodiesi attempts to move beyond the current unsxy state of acdemic research on the body by exploring the production of sexulities instead of their dexription... Grosz and Probyn concieve of sexuality in the broadest possible thematic and methodological term. Charmaine Eddy, Canadian Literature, Winter 2001.

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