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Swoon

A poetics of passing out

By Naomi Booth

Swoon
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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0118-1
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: November 2021
  • BIC Category: Literature, Literature: history & criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism

Description

Swoon is the first extensive study of literary swooning, homing in on swooning's rich history as well as its potential to provide new insights into the contemporary.

This study demonstrates that passing-out has had a pivotal place in English literature. Beginning with an introduction to the swoon as a marker of aesthetic sensitivity, it includes chapters on swooning and generic transformation in Chaucer and Shakespeare; morbid, femininised swoons and excessive affect in romantic, gothic, and modernist works; irony, cliché and bathos in the swoons of contemporary romance fiction. This book revisits key texts to show that passing-out has been intimately connected to explorations of emotionality, ecstasy and transformation; to depictions of sickness and dying; and to performances of gender and gendering. Swoon offers an exciting new approach the history of the body alongside the history of literary response.

Contents

Introduction
1 Heart-stopped transformations: Swooning in late Medieval literature
2 Bodily proofs: Shakespearean swoons and unreadable body-texts
3 Feeling too much: The swoon and the (in)sensible woman
4 Dead born: Shadow resurrections and artistic transformation
5 Vampiric swoons and other dark ecologies
6 Lovesick, lesbian swoons and the romantic art of sinking
Passing out
Index

Author

Naomi Booth is Assistant Professor in Creative Writing and English Studies at Durham University

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