'This is a book about the exhilaration and the catastrophe of embodiment. Analyzing different instances of injured bodies, Peggy Phelan considers what sustained attention to the affective force of trauma might yield for critical theory. Advocating what she calls "performative writing", she creates an extraordinary fusion of critical and creative thinking which erodes the distinction between art and theory, fact and fiction.

The bodies she examines here include Christ's, as represented in Caravaggio's painting The Incredulity of St Thomas, Anita Hill's and Clarence Thomas's bodies as they were performed during the Senate hearings, the disinterred body of the Rose Theatre, exemplary bodies reconstructed through psychoanalytic talking cures, and the filmic bodies created by Tom Joslin, Mark Massi, and Peter Friedman in Silverlake Life: The View From Here.' - from publisher's website
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Introduction: This Book's Body
Whole Wounds: Bodies at the Vanishing Point
Immobile Legs, Stalled Words: Psychoanalysis and Moving Deaths
Uncovered Rectums: Disinterring the Rose Theatre
Bloody Nose, Loose Noose: Hearing Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas
Shattered Skulls: Rodney King and Holbein's The Ambassador
Failed Live(r)s: Whatever Happened to her Public Grief? In Memory of Rena Grant (1959-1992)
Infected Eyes: Dying Man with a Movie Camera, Silverlake Life: The View from Here
Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories
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