The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh

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State University of New York Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 293 pages
An almost obsessive interest in the human body in literary and psychological theory over the past ten years has uncovered not just the physical body but the body as metaphor, political emblem, social construction, and symptom. The Wounded Body builds on this recent interest in the body by providing an ambitious interdisciplinary exploration of the wounded body in literature from Homer to Toni Morrison. Guided by insights from phenomenology to Jungian archetypal psychology, Dennis Slattery argues that the body in its scarred, marked, diseased, tattooed, or otherwise afflicted state is not only an individual phenomenon but, in the hands of the poet, a cultural symptom, a place of suffering, as well as a way of seeing and ordering the experience of the one who is wounded.

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Contents

Wounds and Tattoos
9
Nature and Narratives
21
Wandering Wounds and Meandering Words
51
Copyright

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Dennis Patrick Slattery is Interdisciplinary Coordinator and Core Faculty Member, the Mythological Studies Program, Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of The Idiot: Dostoevsky's Fantastic Prince.

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