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On the Politics of Ugliness

Editors: Rodrigues, Sara, Przybylo, Ela (Eds.)

  • Offers a political, rather than aesthetic, consideration of ugliness
  • Leverages an intersectional approach to ugliness by centering the interrelationship between race, gender, sexuality, ability, and class
  • Approaches ugliness through an interdisciplinary lens by drawing on art history, critical race theory, feminist theory, literary studies, psychoanalysis, and critical theory
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About this book

Ugliness or unsightliness is much more than a quality or property of an individual’s appearance—it has long functioned as a social category that demarcates access to social, cultural, and political spaces and capital. The editors of and authors in this collection harness intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches in order to examine ugliness as a political category that is deployed to uphold established notions of worth and entitlement. On the Politics of Ugliness identifies and challenges the harmful effects that labels and feelings of ugliness have on individuals and the socio-political order. It explores ugliness in relation to the intersectional processes of racialization, colonization and settler colonialism, gender-making, ableism, heteronormativity, and fatphobia. On the Politics of Ugliness asks that we fight against visual injustice and imagine new ways of seeing.

About the authors

Sara Rodrigues is a researcher and writer based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Thought (York University). Her research program focuses on phenomenological and poststructuralist engagements with the body, embodiment and body practices. Her work has appeared in Human Studies, Sexualities and International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, among others. She is a Founding Editor of Feral Feminisms.

Ela Przybylo is a Ruth Wynn Woodward Postdoctoral Fellow and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Ela’s work on asexuality has appeared in GLQSexualitiesFeminism & Psychology, in Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives, and in Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, Third Edition. Ela is also a proud Founding and Advisory Editor of the peer-reviewed, open access, inter-media online journal, Feral Feminisms.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction: On the Politics of Ugliness

    Przybylo, Ela (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

  • Ugliness

    Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, Nina

    Pages 31-49

  • Listening to the Ugliness of Hetero-Erotic Miscommunication in Bruno Dumont’s Twentynine Palms

    Howard, Yetta

    Pages 53-68

  • “Put on All Your Make-Up and Cry It Off in Public:” The Function of Ugliness in Femme Grieving Practices

    Schwartz, Andi

    Pages 69-89

  • I Want to Kill Myself

    Shraya, Vivek

    Pages 91-102

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-76783-3
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-76782-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
On the Politics of Ugliness
Editors
  • Sara Rodrigues
  • Ela Przybylo
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76783-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76783-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76782-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 433
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
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