The Art of Cruelty : A Reckoning

The Art of Cruelty : A Reckoning

Book - 2011
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Discusses whether the brutal imagery present in reality and entertainment will shock society into a less alienated state and help create a just social order or whether focusing on representations of cruelty makes society more cruel.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393072150
Branch Call Number: 700.453 NELSO
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Reckoning


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PimaLib_RachelW Sep 27, 2016

Maggie Nelson was just announced as a 2016 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award winner!

“While our communities, our nation, and our world face both historic and emerging challenges, these 23 extraordinary individuals give us ample reason for hope. They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all.”

—MacArthur President Julia Stasch

Read her books to find out why!

Jul 10, 2016

I'm not sure if StarGladiator read the book. Nelson is not writing about the causes of violence throughout history. It's a fallacy to pull her argument back in time and suggest that it is disproved by the existence of violent men in centuries past. What she is concerned with is a subject quite worthy of study: the steady uptick in violent art since the turn of the twentieth century. Some of the most important material in the book is Nelson's excoriation of straight male filmmakers and artists who exploit and depict the abuse of women and POCs in their work. She also introduces some fascinating ambiguity by writing about female performance artists like Marina Abramovic and Ana Mendieta, who inflicted violence upon their own bodies in performance. It's a hugely important book that anyone who makes or consumes art (or any media) should read.
Signed, a gay male artist against misogyny/racism/cruelty

Jan 28, 2016

Oh, wow! The highly intellectual poet, Maggie Nelson, is really onto something. I'll bet Genghis Khan and his violent hordes spent their nights playing equally violent games on Xbox. And those Viking dudes - - no doubt spent endless time watching X-rated violence films? Yes, I do believe she's sussed out what the derivation of the major problem is: endless centuries of viewing TV and movie and commercial violence. What up next, Maggs???? [Psssst. . . . I heard that Stalin was raised on those violent Three Stooges shows?]


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