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Author Booth, Naomi, author.

Title Swoon : a poetics of passing out / Naomi Booth
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2021


Description 1 online resource (x, 232 pages) : illustrations
Contents Front Matter -- Dedication -- Contents -- Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1 Heart-stopped transformations -- 2 'Fall'n into a pit of ink' -- 3 Feeling too much -- 4 'Dead-born' -- 5 Vampiric swoons and other dark ecologies -- 6 Lovesick, lesbian swoons and the romantic art of sinking -- Passing out -- Select bibliography -- Index
Summary Swoon is the first extensive study of literary swooning, homing in on swooning's rich history as well as its potential to provide new insights into the contemporary. 0This study demonstrates that passing-out has had a pivotal place in English literature. Beginning with an introduction to the swoon as a marker of aesthetic sensitivity, it includes chapters on swooning and generic transformation in Chaucer and Shakespeare; morbid, femininised swoons and excessive affect in romantic, gothic, and modernist works; irony, cliche and bathos in the swoons of contemporary romance fiction. This book revisits key texts to show that passing-out has been intimately connected to explorations of emotionality, ecstasy and transformation; to depictions of sickness and dying; and to performances of gender and gendering. Swoon offers an exciting new approach the history of the body alongside the history of literary response
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (JSTOR platform, viewed February 15, 2022)
Subject Syncope (Pathology)
English literature -- History and criticism.
Syncope (Pathology)
English literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781526101266