The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 11, 2011 - Art - 304 pages

“This is criticism at its best.”—Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

Writing in the tradition of Susan Sontag and Elaine Scarry, Maggie Nelson has emerged as one of our foremost cultural critics with this landmark work about representations of cruelty and violence in art. From Sylvia Plath’s poetry to Francis Bacon’s paintings, from the Saw franchise to Yoko Ono’s performance art, Nelson’s nuanced exploration across the artistic landscape ultimately offers a model of how one might balance strong ethical convictions with an equally strong appreciation for work that tests the limits of taste, taboo, and permissibility.

 

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Contents

STYLES OF IMPRISONMENT
THEATERS OF CRUELTY
NOBODY SAID
THE BRUTALITY OF FACT WHO WE ARE A SITUATION OF MEAT
RINGS OF ACTION
RARER AND BETTER THINGS
Acknowledgments
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Maggie Nelson, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, is the author of several books of poetry, autobiography, and criticism. She teaches at CalArts and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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