The Abject of wish methods the aestheticization of the unaesthetic through a variety of diversified themes and genres in twentieth-century Anglophone literature and tradition. The "experience of disgust", which Winfried Menninghaus describes as "an acute drawback of self-preservation", is correlated with conceptualizations of gender in theories of the abject/abjection. In view of this common difficulty of id within the event of disgust, the contributions to this quantity talk about examples of the aestheticization of the unaesthetic in cultural representations and find conceptual (re)codings of the physique, gender, and id with reference to the abject as a right away and uncompromising event at the one hand, and a social and political phenomenon at the different. contemplating numerous cultural narratives by way of writers as diversified as Samuel Delany, Sarah Schulman, Joyce Carol Oates, Leslie Marmon Silko, Paul Magrs, J. G. Ballard, Stevie Smith, T. C. Boyle, Joseph Conrad, Poppy Z. Brite, and may Self, through movie administrators John Waters and Peter Greenaway, playwrights Girish Karnad and Mahesh Dattani, and "body artist" Gunter von Hagens, the participants to this quantity scrutinize assorted implications of the ambivalent thought of the abject/abjection.

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