Poetics of Identity: Mina Loy Voicing the Fluid Female Body (Anglo-Amerikanische Studien / Anglo-American Studies #39) (Hardcover)

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Poetics of Identity: Mina Loy Voicing the Fluid Female Body (Anglo-Amerikanische Studien / Anglo-American Studies #39) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 39 in the Anglo-Amerikanische Studien / Anglo-American Studies series.

Examining closely the intersection of Continental theories of difference and a predominantly American ethic of diversity, the book uses phenomenology and interdisciplinary study to investigate female embodiment in Mina Loy's poetic and visual work. It contends that Loy's female embodied subjectivity is enacted in the mode of a subject-in-process, forever active in the transformation of materiality, intercorporeality, visuality and ideology. It shows that the representation of a forcefully fluid and unfetished female body endows Loy and her contemporary Surrealist women artists with the necessary tool to redefine the rigid ethics and aesthetics of existing Surrealism, complicate gender identity and set a new basis for the social sciences. As it appears both sexed and asexual, corporeal and transcendent, the female body suggests the impasse of the antagonism between sperm and ovum as well as that of body and mind, with Loy's ardent feminism finally evolving into humanitarian wisdom. The book suggests that even though Loy's work has been traditionally viewed mainly as an instance of modernist rupture, it also forms a humanitarian feminist poetry that bridges, compensates and heals.
Pavlina Ferfeli studied English Literature in Athens and King's College London. She was awarded a PhD with distinction from the University of Athens for her work on Mina Loy. She is interested in feminist poetry and creative writing and has been awarded various poetry prizes, notably from the British Council and the University of Athens.
Product Details ISBN: 9783631612491
ISBN-10: 3631612494
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
Publication Date: November 10th, 2011
Pages: 194
Language: English
Series: Anglo-Amerikanische Studien / Anglo-American Studies