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Contaminations: Beyond Dialectics in Modern Literature, Science, and Film

Mack, Michael


Michael Mack


This book enquires into the problem of various oppositions between pure entities such as nature and society, body and mind, science and the arts, subjectivity and objectivity. It examines how works of literature and cinema have contaminated constructions of the pure and the immune with their purported opposite. As an advanced critical introduction to the figure of contamination, the book makes explicit what so far has remained unarticulated ? what has only been implied ? within postmodern, poststructuralist and deconstructive theory. Combining theory with literary criticism, the book sheds light on how overlooked aspects of 'the novels of Henry James, Herman Melville and H. G. Wells question notions of natural order as well as an opposition between the subjective and the objective. It offers fresh readings of classic films and literary texts, including Vertigo and Moby Dick, with the aim to ground theoretical insights in close analysis.

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Feb 28, 2016
Publication Date Feb 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 18, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 1, 2019
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
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