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The Resource Sublime enjoyment : on the perverse motive in American literature, Dennis A. Foster

Sublime enjoyment : on the perverse motive in American literature, Dennis A. Foster

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Sublime enjoyment : on the perverse motive in American literature
Title
Sublime enjoyment
Title remainder
on the perverse motive in American literature
Statement of responsibility
Dennis A. Foster
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 satisfactions - love, work, success - to make us happy, and from our refusal to accept that failure. Hoping to achieve satisfaction, we respond ultimately to situations that evoke older, more primary drives and their attendant emotions. But while a conventional pervert knows exactly what to want, the healthy pervert must find enjoyment inadvertently: in the abject or the sublime, in duty and reason, and in the obligations of a "fun morality." 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."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Foster, Dennis A
Dewey number
810.9/353
Index
index present
LC call number
PS169.S84
LC item number
F67 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
Series volume
112
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Sublime, The, in literature
  • Pleasure in literature
  • Popular culture
  • Desire in literature
  • Literature and society
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Aesthetics, American
  • Psychoanalysis and literature
  • American literature
Label
Sublime enjoyment : on the perverse motive in American literature, Dennis A. Foster
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-176) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37106714
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 180 pages
Isbn
9780521584371
Lccn
96040352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Sublime enjoyment : on the perverse motive in American literature, Dennis A. Foster
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-176) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37106714
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 180 pages
Isbn
9780521584371
Lccn
96040352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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