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Author Tanner, Laura E., 1961-

Title Intimate violence : reading rape and torture in twentieth-century fiction / Laura E. Tanner
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1994


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 155 pages)
Contents Reading rape : Sanctuary and The women of Brewster Place -- Reading torture : 1984 and Amnesty International -- Sweet pain and charred bodies : figuring violence in The white hotel -- Envisioning violence : seeing/selling the body in Last exit to Brooklyn -- American psycho and the American psyche : reading the forbidden text -- "Known in the brain and known in the flesh" : gender, race, and the vulnerable body in Tracks
Summary Victims of rape and torture experience a forced intimacy with their violators that may be exaggerated, unveiled, or obscured in the act of representation. Focusing on acts of "intimate violence" and their fictional representations, this study explores the disturbing dynamics that propel readers into intimate contact with the power of the rapist or the vulnerability of the victim. Using such notorious works as D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel, Hubert Selby's Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, as well as novels by William Faulkner, George Orwell, Gloria Naylor, and Louise Erdrich, Intimate Violence offers a theory of reading violation that emphasizes the reader's status as negotiator between the conventions of representation and the material dynamics of violence. Suspended between material and semiotic worlds, the reader in the scene of violence must adopt a position relative not only to victim and violator but to the attitudes about violation encoded in representation and experienced through reading. The reader may find the victim's body reduced to literary convention or unveiled with agonizing specificity, be swept up by the rhythms of the violator's force or experience the jarring disruptions of the victim's pain. Appropriating elements of diverse theoretical models, such as feminist film theory, Marxism, and theories of the body, Intimate Violence renders visible the way in which representations of violation may exaggerate the reader's disembodied status or, conversely, lend that reader a textual body which delimits his or her experience of the text
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-152) and index
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Subject American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Victims of crimes in literature.
Human body in literature.
Reader-response criticism.
Violence in literature.
Torture in literature.
Women in literature.
Rape in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
American fiction
English fiction
Human body in literature
Rape in literature
Reader-response criticism
Torture in literature
Victims of crimes in literature
Violence in literature
Women in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585019541