The Resource Insane passions : lesbianism and psychosis in literature and film, Christine E. Coffman

Insane passions : lesbianism and psychosis in literature and film, Christine E. Coffman

Label
Insane passions : lesbianism and psychosis in literature and film
Title
Insane passions
Title remainder
lesbianism and psychosis in literature and film
Statement of responsibility
Christine E. Coffman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In France in 1933, two sisters, presumed to be lovers, murdered the women who employed them as maids. Known as "the Papin affair," the incident inspired not only Jean Genet's 1947 The Maids but also an essay by Jacques Lacan that presents the sisters' crime as fueled by a narcissistic, homosexual drive that culminated in the assault. In this new investigation of the roots of the twentieth-century myth of the lesbian-as-madwoman, Christine Coffman argues that the female psychotic was the privileged object of Lacan's effort to derive a revolutionary theory of subjectivity from the study of mental illness
  • Examining Lacan's early writings, French surrealism, Djuna Barnes' Nightwood, and H.D.'s homoerotic fiction in light of feminist and queer theory, Insane Passions argues that the psychotic woman that fascinates modernist writers returns with a murderous vengeance in a number of late twentieth-century films - including Basic Instinct, Sister My Sister, Single White Female, and Murderous Maids. Marking the limit of social acceptability, the "psychotic lesbian" repeatedly appears as the screen onto which the violence and madness of twentieth-century life are projected."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
809.9/3526643
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.L47
LC item number
C64 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Insane passions : lesbianism and psychosis in literature and film, Christine E. Coffman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-272) and index
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Contents
Writing the Papin affair -- Surrealism's lesbian doubles -- "What insane passion": Djuna Barnes's Nightwood -- "Prophetess faced prophetess": madness and H.D.'s prose -- The late twentieth century: filming the psychotic queer woman
Control code
000040521262
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 288 p.
Isbn
9780819568199
Lccn
2006022541
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.b24027054
System control number
  • (OCoLC)70673156
  • ebscoebk0819568198

Library Locations

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