The Art of Cruelty

A Reckoning

By Maggie Nelson
W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393072150, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 2011

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Description
Genre-busting author Maggie Nelson brilliantly navigates this contemporary predicament, with an eye to the question of whether or not focusing on representations of cruelty makes us cruel. In a journey through high and low culture (Kafka to reality TV), the visual to the verbal (Paul McCarthy to Brian Evenson), and the apolitical to the political (Francis Bacon to Kara Walker), Nelson 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.



About the Author
Maggie Nelson is the author of several books of poetry, autobiography, and criticism. She teaches at CalArts and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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