The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition
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- Length: 306 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
- Page Flip: Enabled
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"This is criticism at its best." —Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Writing in the tradition of Susan Sontag and Elaine Scarry, Maggie Nelson has emerged as one of our foremost cultural critics with this landmark work about representations of cruelty and violence in art. From Sylvia Plath’s poetry to Francis Bacon’s paintings, from the Saw franchise to Yoko Ono’s performance art, Nelson’s nuanced exploration across the artistic landscape ultimately 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.
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About the Author
- ASIN : B005570VX4
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (July 11, 2011)
- Publication date : July 11, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 449 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #438,843 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nelson lays it all out, but leaves the judgment to us.
That said, I enjoyed every perspective it gave; and perspectives are the entirety of this book. It's very open about criticisms and attacking the author's own initial beliefs. Nelson does a great job remaining unbiased, or if she's biased, to address it and explain it.
There's numerous critiques of common perspectives, but most of this book is regarding art which the common person might not know of, providing a new ground for understanding.