By Michel Delville,Andrew Norris

This examine examines how starvation narratives and performances give a contribution to a reconsideration of missed or prohibited domain names of pondering which just a complete disagreement with the body’s heterogeneity and plasticity can demonstrate. From literary motif or psychosomatic symptom to innovative gesture or existential illness, the double crux of starvation and disgust is a robust strength which could outline the event of embodiment. Kafka’s fantasy of the "Hunger Artist" bargains a matrix for the short, whereas its astonishing last-page revelation introduces disgust as a correlative of abstinence, awake or differently. Grounded in Kristeva’s concept of abjection, the determine of the fraught physique lurking on the center of the damaging ugly gathers precision all through this examine, the place it really is hired in a widening sequence of contexts: suicide via overeating, hunger as self-performance or political resistance, the teratological as opposed to the totalitarian, the anorexic harboring of loss of life. within the technique, writers and artists as diversified as Herman Melville, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Christina Rossetti, George Orwell, Knut Hamsun, J.M. Coetzee, Cindy Sherman, Pieter Breughel, Marina Abramovic, David Nebreda, Paul McCarthy, and others are introduced into the dialogue. by means of taking a look at the several acts of visceral, affective, and ideological resistance played through the ravenous physique, this e-book intensifies the connection among starvation and disgust stories whereas supplying perception into the modalities of the "dark ugly" which tell the aesthetics and politics of starvation. it will likely be of worth to an individual drawn to the tradition, politics, and subjectivity of embodiment, and students operating in the fields of disgust experiences, nutrients stories, literary stories, cultural thought, and media studies.

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