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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


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


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


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


Consumption for the Common Good? Commodity Biography in an Era of Postconsumerism

Jennifer Wenzel

in The Disposition of Nature: Environmental Crisis and World Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780823286782
eISBN:
9780823288885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823286782.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter considers the limits of disseminating knowledge about the harms of neoliberal globalization as a strategy for creating change. It examines three documentary films (Life and Debt, ... More


Getting Kinky Online: The Diffuse Life and BDSM Play

Angela Jones

in Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Work Industry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781479842964
eISBN:
9781479829422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479842964.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

“Kink” is an umbrella term used to describe a range of non-normative sexual practices. Performing kink and catering to taboo sexual desires can be quite lucrative. In the camming industry, performers ... More


Listening for the Cry in a Consumer Culture

Antonio Eduardo Alonso

in Commodified Communion: Eucharist, Consumer Culture, and the Practice of Everyday Life

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780823294121
eISBN:
9780823297405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823294121.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Informed by the work of Michel de Certeau and Walter Benjamin, this chapter develops a foundation from which to think theologically about consumer culture. An emphasis on cultural resistance in ... More


The Immediate, The Material, and the Fetish

Elayne Oliphant

in The Privilege of Being Banal: Art, Secularism, and Catholicism in Paris

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780226731124
eISBN:
9780226731438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226731438.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

The third installation at the Collège des Bernardins encouraged viewers to inhabit the varied history of the Collège: as a monastery, a prison, a warehouse, and in its present state. The chapter ... More


The Body as Apparatus: Doris Wishman’s Double Agent 73

Elena Gorfinkel

in ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781474482349
eISBN:
9781399501606
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474482349.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The chapter considers Wishman’s Chesty Morgan films, Deadly Weapons and Double Agent 73, in relation to feminist psychoanalytic theory by analyzing how the female body acts as both a prop and a ... 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


Fetishism in International Development: Domination, Disavowal, and Foreclosure

Ilan Kapoor

in Confronting Desire: Psychoanalysis and International Development

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501751721
eISBN:
9781501751738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501751721.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter discusses fetishism. As a substitute for fundamental trauma, the fetish is a site of disavowal, allowing the subject to better master their world by ridding it of difference. ... More


Voices That Matter

Mladen Dolar

in The Voice as Something More: Essays toward Materiality

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226656397
eISBN:
9780226656427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226656427.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter reflects on some problems raised in Mladen Dolar’s A Voice and Nothing More (2006) from the author’s position of hindsight, concentrating on three issues. First, the aesthetics of the ... 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


Magic and Machines at the Great Exhibition

Melissa Dickson

in Cultural Encounters with the Arabian Nights in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474443647
eISBN:
9781474477055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443647.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 4 turns to the accumulation of goods at the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was frequently understood as another theatrical manifestation of the Arabian Nights, within the ‘fairy-tale’ ... 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


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