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Kathy Acker : punk writer / Margaret Henderson
Bib ID 8561795
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Henderson, Margaret A., author
Description Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2021 
ix, 196 pages ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 9781138296282 (hardcover)
1138296287 (hardcover)
9780367538217 (paperback)
0367538210 (paperback)
Invalid ISBN 9781315100098 (electronic book)
9781351585071 (Adobe) (electronic book)
9781351585064 (electronic publication)
9781351585057 (Mobipocket) (electronic book)

Interdisciplinary research in gender.


"This project is a feminist study of the idiosyncratic oeuvre of Kathy Acker and how her unique art and politics, located at the explosive intersection of punk, postmodernism and feminism, critiques and exemplifies late twentieth-century capitalism. There is no female or feminist writer like Kathy Acker (and probably no male either). Her body of work-nine novels, novellas, essays, reviews, poetry, and film scripts, published in a period spanning the 1970s to the mid-1990s-is the most developed body of contemporary feminist postmodernist work and of the punk aesthetic in a literary form. Twenty years after her death, Kathy Acker: Punk Writer gives a detailed and comprehensive analysis of how Acker melds the philosophy and poetics of the European avant-garde with the vernacular and ethos of her punk subculture to voice an idiosyncratic feminist radical politics in literary form: a punk feminism. With its aesthetics of shock, transgression, parody, Debordian détournement, caricature, and montage, her oeuvre reimagines the fin-de-siècle United States as a schlock horror film for her punk girl protagonist: Acker's cipher for herself and other rebellious and nonconformist women. This approach will allow the reader to more fully understand Acker, as a writer who inhabits an explosive and creative nexus of contemporary women's writing, punk culture, and punk feminism's reimagining of late capitalism. This vital work will be an important text at both undergraduate and graduate levels in Gender and Women's Studies, Postmodern Studies and twentieth-century American literature. Margaret"--

Full contents
  • Introduction: The fin-de-siècle punk writer : the sense and non-sense of revolt
  • Contexts and configurations of Acker. Acker's punk times : the scenes and sounds of punk writing
  • The punk writer emerges : from counterculture to punk culture
  • The punk intellectual : repossessing the European avant-garde
  • The punk feminist novelist : making the novel of cruelty and excess
  • Acker's punk tropology. Heterosexual desire : Blood and guts in high school (1978)
  • The family : Great expectations (1982)
  • The polity : Don Quixote : which was a dream (1986)
  • The economy : Empire of the senseless (1988)
  • Conclusion: What Kathy did.

Actually published in 2020.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Acker, Kathy, 1948-1997 -- Criticism and interpretation.  |  Feminist fiction, American -- History and criticism.  |  Experimental fiction, American -- History and criticism.  |  Punk culture in literature.  |  Capitalism and literature.  |  Feminism in literature.  |  Australian


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