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The Monstrous and the Marvelous

The Monstrous and the Marvelous

A collection of essays dealing with those monstrous and those marvellous known to us from literature, art, film and politics. It covers writing by Swift, Kafka, Borges and Angela Carter, films by the Brothers Quay and David Lynch, and artworks by Joseph Cornell and Rosamond Purce... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780872863545
Barcode 9780872863545
Published 9 September 1999 by City Lights Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ducornet, Rikki
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ISBN-13 9780872863545
ISBN-10 0872863549
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Publication Date 9 September 1999
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ducornet, Rikki
Category Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 199g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Experimental films
NBS Text Fiction Companions
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 814.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

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With the great Renaissance voyages to the New World came the popularity of Wunderkammern, or cabinets of wonders, in which newly discovered monsters and marvels could be displayed. Like such a cabinet, this collection of essays surveys the monstrous and the marvelous - as transmuted in the alembic of Rikki Ducornet's open-hearted vision - in literature, art, and film. For her, excess anomaly, and heterodoxy entice the imagining mind to embrace otherness, enlarge the world, and regenerate Eden. Ducornet playfully investigates works of literature, art, and film that create ruptures in our sense of normality. ... She] shows how the road of excess indeed leads to the palace of wisdom. Most important, however, her ability to transfix and communicate her sense of wonder becomes wondrous in itself, making these essays read with the same quirky delight as her fiction. - Rain Taxi Table of Contents: Waking to Eden Optical Terror The Impossible Genus On Returning from Chiapas Alphabets and Emperors Optical Pleasure Haunting by Water Mapping Paris The Monstrous and the Marvelous The Death Cunt of Deep Dell Sortilege Books of Nature A Dream Manifesto in Voices Acknowledgments Bibliography

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