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Obscure Objects of Desire Surrealism, Fetishism, and Politics

Johanna Malt

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199253425
eISBN:
9780191698132
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253425.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In a speech given in Prague in 1935, André Breton asked, ‘Is there, properly speaking, a left-wing art capable of defending itself?’. But despite his conviction that surrealism did indeed offer such ... More


White Men's Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery

Vincent L. Wimbush

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199873579
eISBN:
9780199949595
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873579.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book is a transdisciplinary analysis of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, first published in England in 1789. It was one of the earliest ... More


Antigone's Political Legacies: Abjection in Defiance of Mourning

Tina Chanter

in Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199559213
eISBN:
9780191594403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559213.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Heidegger and Lacan both emphasize the uncanny, monstrous aspects of Antigone, who must be expelled from the polis, and yet who plays a liminal role in which she is the excluded yet facilitating ... More


Defetishizing Fetishes: Art and the Critique of Capital in Neoliberal Society

Anita Chari

in A Political Economy of the Senses: Neoliberalism, Reification, Critique

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231173896
eISBN:
9780231540384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231173896.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines artworks that make use of the strategy of the defetishizing fetish in ways that move the critique of reification from theory to praxis. The author discusses contemporary works ... More


Making Wanga: Reality Constructions and the Magical Manipulation of Power

Karen McCarthy Brown

in Religion and Healing in America

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167962
eISBN:
9780199850150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167962.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The demonstration for Abner Louima in 1997 in New York City marked a new stage in the growing involvement of Haitians in local politics. Many protest signs blamed Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for what ... More


The Surrealist Object as Fetish

Johanna Malt

in Obscure Objects of Desire Surrealism, Fetishism, and Politics

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199253425
eISBN:
9780191698132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253425.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The continual play of presence and absence in surrealist objects is a function of repetition and representation, and it is in their relationship to mimesis that the multiple disavowals of those ... More


Windows: Painting and the Fetish Surface

Johanna Malt

in Obscure Objects of Desire Surrealism, Fetishism, and Politics

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199253425
eISBN:
9780191698132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253425.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter goes on to look at a rather different set of artistic works, namely the paintings of Salvador Dalí from the inter-war period, asking whether they enter into or stand outside the ... More


Epilogue

April R. Haynes

in Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226284590
eISBN:
9780226284767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226284767.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The Epilogue summarizes key changes that resulted from women’s physiological discourse by 1860. First, the case of Theodore Grimké Weld illustrates how masturbation had become firmly associated with ... More


Introduction: Toward a Physiognomic Epidemiology of the Fetishized Jew

Jay Geller

in The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233618
eISBN:
9780823241781
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233618.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter introduces terminology and methods that will be used throughout this study. It offers working definitions of Judentum, antisemitism, Jewish-identified individuals, fetish, modernity, and ... More


Tailing the Suspect, or the Braiding of Gender and Ethnic Difference

Jay Geller

in The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233618
eISBN:
9780823241781
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233618.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter maps how European discourses have fetishized body parts of and techniques practiced upon members of cultures whose origins antedate Europe's and whose persistence therefore questions ... More


The Self and It: Novel Objects in Eighteenth-Century England

Julie Park

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804756969
eISBN:
9780804773348
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804756969.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Objects we traditionally regard as “mere” imitations of the human—dolls, automata, puppets—proliferated in eighteenth-century England's rapidly expanding market culture. During the same period, there ... More


Marry Me?

Laurie Essig

in Love, Inc.: Dating Apps, the Big White Wedding, and Chasing the Happily Neverafter

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780520295018
eISBN:
9780520967922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295018.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Getting engaged now requires more emotional and financial resources than ever before. Here Essig traces the history of engagements from the birth of companionate marriages in the nineteenth century ... More


Cartooning Erotics: Japanese Ero Manga

Anne Allison

in Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219908
eISBN:
9780520923447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219908.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on ero manga (erotic comics for men), with their dominant tropes of sadomasochism, macho dominance, analism, and deferral from genital copulation, read in terms of the ... More


The last taboo: women, body hair and feminism

Karín Lesnik-Oberstein

in The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719075001
eISBN:
9781781702567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719075001.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The vast majority of women in Western culture, as well as in many other cultures, remove the hair on their bodies. Women's body hair is apparently seen as either too ridiculous and trivial – or too ... More


The life of things

Anthony Curtis Adler

in Celebricities: Media Culture and the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780823270798
eISBN:
9780823270842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270798.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter argues that the Marxian and Marxist theorization of the commodity itself gestures toward the ontological collapse that stands at the limit of Heidegger’s thought. And while the ... More


Changing constructions of work

Kelley Johnson, Jan Walmsley, and Marie Wolfe

in People with intellectual disabilities: Towards a good life?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847420695
eISBN:
9781447302940
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847420695.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter provides a case study of an important policy goal, which is the centrality of paid work. It is also considered as the ultimate badge of citizenship and inclusion. The chapter outlines ... More


Franz West’s Dialogic Paßstücke (2003)1

Kristine Stiles

in Concerning Consequences: Studies in Art, Destruction, and Trauma

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226774510
eISBN:
9780226304403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226304403.003.0006
Subject:
Art, Art Theory and Criticism

This chapter examines Franz West's Paßstücke, a word that means “adaptives” in English. Paßstücke are odd objects that suggest both Louis Lavelle's philosophical considerations of the similarities ... More


The Chinese Exclusion Act and Chinatown Theaters

Nancy Yunhwa Rao

in Chinatown Opera Theater in North America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040566
eISBN:
9780252099007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040566.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter focuses on immigration policies in the United States and how they impacted Chinatown opera theaters from their burgeoning in the nineteenth century through the passage of the Chinese ... More


Tales from the Operating Theater: Medical Fetishism and the Taboo Performative Power of Erotic Medical Play

London Brickley

in Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Disability, Health, and Trauma

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496804259
eISBN:
9781496804297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804259.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

In chapter 9, “Tales from the Operating Theater: Medical Fetishism and the Taboo Performative Power of Erotic Medical Play,” London Brickley invites readers into a fetishist community revolving ... More


Humanity and Divinity

David Chidester

in Empire of Religion: Imperialism and Comparative Religion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226117263
eISBN:
9780226117577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226117577.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Identifying W. E. B. Du Bois as a historian of African religion, this chapter examines his rethinking of fetish, God, and the continuity between African religion and African American religion. ... More


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