Slime and time: cannibalistic erotics at the limits of temporal transgression

Sellberg, Karin (2012). Slime and time: cannibalistic erotics at the limits of temporal transgression. In Matt Foley, Neil McRobert and Aspasia Stephanou (Ed.), Transgression and Its Limits (pp. 121-132) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Author Sellberg, Karin
Title of chapter Slime and time: cannibalistic erotics at the limits of temporal transgression
Title of book Transgression and Its Limits
Place of Publication Cambridge, UK
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 1443837296
Editor Matt Foley
Neil McRobert
Aspasia Stephanou
Chapter number 10
Start page 121
End page 132
Total pages 12
Total chapters 15
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The twentieth century magical realist novelist Angela Carter has been discussed in numerous academic theses, articles and essays-so much so that The Guardian in 1992 rather scathingly hailed her "the high priestess of post-graduate porn" (Sage 1992, 37). In the mid-1990s Carter's novels, short stories and non-fiction featured more than any other twentieth century writer's in British post-graduate and post-doctoral funding applications (Sage 2001, 3). Like the Spanish surrealist painter, writer and createur/creature extraordinaire Salvador Dalí, she has come to feature as an embodiment of the mid- to late-twentieth century erotic imaginary. Yet, the eroto-fantastical imagery employed by these two canonical artists has seldom been compared beyond a brief shared mention. This chapter is a move towards a remedy of this oversight. It will particularly focus on the similarities between Carter and Dalí's transgressive engagement with erotic temporalities and carnivorous flesh, arguing that they both experiment with the limits of the knowable. A syncopated reading of their carnal poetics suggests the emergence of a twentieth and early twenty-first century erotic imaginary that celebrates eroto-temporal collapse and cannibalistic self-effacement...
Keyword Angela Carter
Georges Bataille
Gilles Deleuze
Felix Guattari
Salvador Dali
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Essay collection based upon the University of Stirling English Studies Postgraduate Conference 2010: Transgression and its Limits 29-30 May, 2010.

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