The Art of Cruelty
The Art of Cruelty
A Reckoning

"This is criticism at its best."―Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

Writing in the tradition of Susan Sontag and Elaine Scarry, Maggie Nelson has emerged as one of our foremost cultural critics with this landmark work about representations of cruelty and violence in art. From Sylvia Plath's poetry to Francis Bacon’s paintings, from the Saw franchise to Yoko Ono’s performance art, Nelson’s nuanced exploration across the artistic landscape ultimately offers a model of how one might balance strong ethical convictions with an equally strong appreciation for work that tests the limits of taste, taboo, and permissibility.

Title The Art of Cruelty
Subtitle A Reckoning
Author Maggie Nelson
Publisher W. W. Norton
Title First Published 30 July 2012
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 304 p.
ISBN-10 0393343146
ISBN-13 9780393343144
Publication Date 30 July 2012
Main content page count 304
Weight 16 oz.

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