Sublime Enjoyment: On the Perverse Motive in American Literature

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Cambridge University Press, 13.11.1997 - 180 Seiten
Linking classic American literature to contemporary popular culture, Sublime Enjoyment argues that the rational systems of normal social life are motivated and sustained by "perverse" desires. This perversity arises from the failure of symbolic satisfaction--love, work, success--to make us happy, and from our refusal to accept that failure. Examining the ways in which this inadvertence is represented in American literature and culture, Dennis Foster identifies ways that longings are linked to social forces.
 

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The Sublime Community
20
Poes UnAmerican Sublime
38
Liquidity and Consumption
67
The Names
89
Perversion
108
W S Burroughss Perverse Destiny
130
Agency in the Perverse
153
Notes
161
Bibliography
171
Index
177
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