1st Edition

Deciphering Culture Ordinary Curiosities and Subjective Narratives

By Jane Crisp, Kay Ferres, Gillian Swanson Copyright 2000
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Representation, subjectivity and sexuality continue to be central to scholarly inquiry in the humanities and social sciences. Deciphering Culture explores their relationship, each author taking a distinct approach to the concept of 'curiosity' as a way of deciphering the working of particular cultural formations. In the process they address a variety of topics including:

    * the historical formation of subjectivities, identities and differences
    * cultural conduct and habits of the self
    * everyday cultures and negotiation
    * consumption and the body
    * memory, history and autobiography
    * the ethics of critical and textual inquiry.

    This fascinating book will appeal to students and academics from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences and cultural studies.

    Part 1 Introduction; intro1 Introduction; Chapter 1 Curious histories, Jane Crisp, Kay Ferres, Gillian Swanson; Chapter 2 Curious pleasures, Jane Crisp, Kay Ferres, Gillian Swanson; Part 2 Gender and representation; intro2 Introduction; Chapter 3 Fashioning gendered identities, Jane Crisp; Chapter 4 Fleshed by the pen, Kay Ferres; Chapter 5 Subjectivity, the individual and the gendering of the modern self, Gillian Swanson; Part 3 Reconfiguring the object of representation; intro3 Introduction; Chapter 6 Problematic pleasures, Jane Crisp; Chapter 7 ‘A sentiment as certain as remembrance’, Kay Ferres; Chapter 8 Locomotive stomachs and downcast looks, Gillian Swanson; Part 4 Subjective narratives; intro4 Introduction; Chapter 9 Disorderly ramblings, Jane Crisp; Chapter 10 Sites of history and memory, Kay Ferres; Chapter 11 ‘Flying or drowning’, Gillian Swanson;


    Jane Crisp is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Griffith University. Kay Ferres is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at Griffith University. Gillian Swanson is Reader in Cultural History and Policy at the University of the West of England.