The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (Hardcover)

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Genre-busting author Maggie Nelson brilliantly navigates this contemporary predicament, with an eye to the question of whether or not focusing on representations of cruelty makes us cruel. In a journey through high and low culture (Kafka to reality TV), the visual to the verbal (Paul McCarthy to Brian Evenson), and the apolitical to the political (Francis Bacon to Kara Walker), Nelson offers a model of how one might balance strong ethical convictions with an equally strong appreciation for work that tests the limits of taste, taboo, and permissibility.

About the Author

Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, scholar, and nonfiction writer. She is the author of five books of nonfiction, including The Argonauts. She is currently the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at CalArts.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393072150
ISBN-10: 0393072150
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: July 11th, 2011
Pages: 288
Language: English