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Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism

Amber Jamilla Musser

Abstract

In everyday language, masochism is usually understood as the desire to abdicate control in exchange for sensation—pleasure, pain, or a combination thereof. Yet at its core, masochism is a site where power, bodies, and society come together. This book uses masochism as a lens to examine how power structures race, gender, and embodiment in different contexts. Drawing on rich and varied sources—from 19th-century sexology, psychoanalysis, and critical theory to literary texts and performance art—the book employs masochism as a powerful diagnostic tool for probing relationships between power and su ... More

Keywords: masochism, pain, race, gender, embodiment, subjectivity, queer theory, sexuality, domination, femininity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479891818
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479891818.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amber Jamilla Musser, author