|Format:||Print Book 2011|
|Availability:||Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies|
Wayne Koestenbaum considers the meaning of humiliation in this eloquent work of cultural critique and personal reflection.
The lives of people both famous and obscure are filled with scarlet-letter moments when their dirty laundry sees daylight. In these moments we not only witness the reversibility of "success," of prominence, but also come to visceral terms with our own vulnerable selves. We can't stop watching the scene of shame, identifying with it and absorbing its nearness, and relishing our imagined immunity from its stain, even as we acknowledge the universal, embarrassing predicament of living in our ownbodies. With an unusual, disarming blend of autobiography and cultural commentary, noted poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum takes us through a spectrum of mortifying circumstances--in history, literature, art, current events, music, film, and his own life. His generous disclosures and brilliant observations go beyond prurience to create a poetics of abasement. Inventive, poignant, erudite, and playful, Humiliation plunges into one of the most disquieting of human experiences, with reflections at once emboldening and humane.
ContentsFugue #1. Strip search
Fugue #2. The Jim Crow gaze
Fugue #3. The stink of the liverwurst
Fugue #4. I want to be your bitch
Fugue #5. The blob
Fugue #6. Five o'clock shadow
Fugue #7. Catheter (The Queen of Troy is queen no longer)
Fugue #8. Disgusting allegations
Fugue #9. Fine Jew linen
Fugue #10. Shock treatment aesthetics
Fugue #11. Eavesdropping on elimination.
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|Series||Big ideas/small books|
|Publisher|| New York :Picador,2011
vi, 184 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.