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Skin, culture and psychoanalysis /
edited by Sheila L. Cavanagh, Angela Failler, and Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
description
xi, 277 p.
ISBN
023036506X, 9780230365063
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
isbn
023036506X
9780230365063
catalogue key
8781490
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
An interdisciplinary study of skin that bridges cultural and psychoanalytic theory to consider how the body's so-called 'exterior' is central to human subjectivity
Long Description
Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis queries the intersection of cultural and psychical meanings of skin in the contemporary moment as skin responds to new (and old) pressures and articulations. A variety of topics are herein addressed including the symbolic dominance of white skin, racialization, tattooing, cosmetic surgery, fabric skins, skin eruptions, second skins, the skin in self-harm, and skin as a site of psychic repair. The authors engage an array of objects and approaches from the clinical domain, literary fiction, television, film, video art, photography, fashion design, and poetry. In doing so, they highlight the situation of skin as a socially and culturally mediated exterior simultaneously negotiated at the interior or psychical level. This collection locates skin at the centre of inquiry, rather than as a jumping-off point from which to explore 'deeper' or 'thicker' issues, which tends to happen when skin is treated synecdochically as a stand-in for the body itself. Here, skin is a cultural object, and a psychical object, in its own right.
Main Description
Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis sets out to query the intersection of cultural and psychical meanings of skin in the contemporary moment as skin responds to new (and old) pressures and articulations. A variety of topics are herein addressed including the symbolic dominance of white skin, racialization, tattooing, cosmetic surgery, fabric skins, skin eruptions, second skins, the skin in self-harm, and skin as a site of psychic repair. The authors engage an array of objects and approaches from the clinical domain, literary fiction, television, film, video art, photography, fashion design, and poetry. In doing so, they highlight the situation of skin as a socially and culturally mediated exterior simultaneously negotiated at the interior or psychical level. This collection locates skin at the centre of inquiry, rather than as a jumping-off point from which to explore 'deeper' or 'thicker' issues, which tends to happen when skin is treated synecdochically as a stand-in for the body itself. Here, skin is a cultural object, and a psychical object, in its own right.
Table of Contents
List of Plates and Printsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introduction: Enfolded: Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysisp. 1
From the Skin Ego to the Psychic Envelope: An Introduction to the Work of Didier Anzieup. 16
Comedic Skin Eruptions: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Austin Powersp. 45
The Surfacing of the Self: The Clothing-Egop. 64
The Red Thing: Fabrics and Fetishism in Nella Larsen's Quicksandp. 90
Writing Skin: Esthetics and Transcendence in Junichiro Tanizaki's "The Tattooer"p. 115
The Skin-Textile in Cosmetic Surgeryp. 141
Narrative Skin Repair: Bearing Witness to Mediatized Representations of Self-Harmp. 167
Split Skin: Adolescent Cutters and the Otherp. 188
Disrupting the Skin-Ego: See-Sickness and the Real in The Flagellation of a Virginp. 215
"White Trash:" Abject Skin in Film Reviews of Monsterp. 240
Indexp. 268
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