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Receptive Bodies

Leo Bersani


This book is centered on a surprisingly simple image: a newborn baby simultaneously crying out and drawing its first breath. These twin ideas—absorption and expulsion, the intake of physical and emotional nourishment, and the exhalation of breath—form the backbone of this book. These titular bodies range from fetuses in utero to fully eroticized adults, all the way to celestial giants floating in space. The author illustrates his exploration of the body's capacities to receive and resist what is ostensibly alien using a typically eclectic set of sources, from literary icons like Marquis de Sad ... More

Keywords: absorption, expulsion, human corporeality, emotional nourishment, physical nourishment, exhalation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226579627
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226579931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leo Bersani, author
University of California, Berkeley

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