The Art of Cruelty

The Art of Cruelty

A Reckoning

Paperback - 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., c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393072150
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Reckoning


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Apr 23, 2019

I enjoyed the first half of the book much more than the second half. Nelson lost me in some of her arguments and explanations of certain art pieces. If new to reading Nelson, I would suggest starting with something else of hers first and reading your way into this one.

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!

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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