By Michael André Bernstein
"You humans positioned value in your lives. good, my existence hasn't ever been vital to a person. i don't have any guilt approximately anything," bragged the mass-murderer Charles Manson. "These youngsters that come at you with knives, they're your kids. You taught them. i did not educate them. . . . they're working within the streets--and they're coming correct at you!" while a true assassin accuses the society he has brutalized, we're surprised, yet we're delighted by means of an identical accusations after they are mouthed via a fictional insurgent, outlaw, or monster. In sour Carnival, Michael Andr Bernstein explores this contradiction and defines a brand new determine: the Abject Hero. status on the junction of contestation and conformity, the Abject Hero occupies the logically very unlikely house created by way of the intersection of the satanic and the servile. Bernstein exhibits that we heroicize the Abject Hero simply because he represents a practice that has develop into a staple of our universal mythology, as seductive in mass tradition because it is in excessive artwork. relocating from an exam of classical Latin satire; via substantially new analyses of Diderot, Dostoevsky, and Cline; and culminating within the court testimony of Charles Manson, sour Carnival deals a revisionist rereading of the total culture of the "Saturnalian discussion" among masters and slaves, monarchs and fools, philosophers and madmen, voters and malcontents. It contests the supposedly regenerative strength of the carnivalesque and demanding situations the pieties of utopian radicalism trendy in modern educational pondering. The readability of its argument and literary variety compel us to confront a robust hindrance that engages probably the most significant matters in literary stories, ethics, cultural historical past, and demanding concept this day.
Read or Download Bitter Carnival PDF
Similar gay & lesbian books
During this thought-provoking interdisciplinary paintings, Shaun Marmon describes how eunuchs, as a class of people that embodied ambiguity, either outlined and mediated severe thresholds of ethical and actual house within the family, within the palace and within the tomb of pre-modern Islamic society. The author's relevant concentration is at the sacred society of eunuchs who guarded the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina for over six centuries and whose final representatives nonetheless practice a lot of their time venerated rituals to today.
During this ebook, Carrie L. Buist and Emily Lenning think about the origins of Queer Criminology, survey the foundational learn and scholarship during this rising box, and supply feedback for the longer term. masking themes reminiscent of the criminalization of queerness; the policing of Queer groups; Queer studies within the court docket; and the correctional keep an eye on of Queer humans, Queer Criminology synthesizes the paintings of criminologists, newshounds, felony students, non-governmental corporations, and others to light up the historic and modern context of the Queer adventure.
Facing ethical, political and sexual tensions, this quantity offers a discussion board for male/female discussion in regards to the historical past, dissemination and effects of pornographic representaion in movie and literature, aiming to problem verified perspectives and encourage extra exploration and debate.
This eye-opening research provides a nuanced, provocative account of ways German infantrymen within the nice conflict skilled and enacted masculinity. Drawing on an array of correct narratives and media, it explores the ways in which either heterosexual and gay infantrymen expressed emotion, understood romantic beliefs, and approached intimacy and sexuality.
- Another Kind of Love: Male Homosexual Desire in English Discourse, 1850-1920 (The New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics)
- The Literary and Linguistic Construction of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: No Ordinary Doubt (Literary Disability Studies)
- The One Mind: C. G. Jung and the future of literary criticism
- The Queer God
- Dreaming in the Middle Ages (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature)
- Queer BDSM Intimacies: Critical Consent and Pushing Boundaries
Extra resources for Bitter Carnival
Typically, Horace marshals his most effective apologia and counter-accusations when challenged by an antagonist of patrician rank and presumption. In such a conflict, Horace elegantly inverts the custom- 42 CHAPTER TWO ary roles and reveals that it is his nobly-born interlocutor, not he, who suffers from the plebeian vices of frustrated ambition and greed. But Horace’s situation is entirely different when the accuser’s voice is that of a household slave, speaking not with the arrogance of an aristocrat’s invidia but with the license of a single day to vent a whole year’s accumulated irritation.
The overthrowing of experience into its opposite, of purposefulness into purposelessness, of necessity into what is wished for, but in such a way that this process causes [us] no harm, but is O TOTIENS SERVUS 35 simply imagined once out of wanton exuberance, delights [mankind] because it liberates us momentarily from the compulsion of necessity, of what is appropriate to [quotidian human] purpose and experience in which we ordinarily see our inexorable masters. We play and laugh when the expected (which usually makes us afraid and tense) reveals itself without causing harm.
Criticism has become quite comfortable with the figure of the daemonic rebel, and, at least in its Nietzschean mode, with the man of ressentiment, but a certain frisson of fallen splendor still seems to be necessary in order to attract the critic’s attention. Thus it is not really so surprising that so few works address abjection directly. Among the best known to do so is Julia Kristeva’s Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. Kristeva has recognized abjection’s uncanny grip on human consciousness, and her description does much to bring so recalcitrant a concept into the realm of discursive critical analysis.