Womb Fantasies

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2913-9
Publication Date
August 2013
Page Count
148 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Womb Fantasies

Subjective Architectures in Postmodern Literature, Cinema, and Art
About the Author

Caroline Rupprecht is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Queen’s College (CUNY).


"Rupprecht’s in-depth examination of [texts and films] provides a new viewpoint from which to analyze the postmodern...This text is valuable for scholars interested in gender studies, histories of embodiment, or postmodern literature and film studies." —Recherche littéraire / Literary Research

"Rupprecht offers a productive discussion of Godard’s work drawing on Laura Mulvey’s writing on the relationship between the unreliability of the female figure in Godard and the unreliability of the cinematic medium... The book’s end piece offers an engaging and thoughtful discussion of Damien Hirst’s Virgin Mother, prefaced by a quote from Clare Hanson regarding how medical developments have made the contents of the womb open to public view." —Germanic Review

"All the study examples, from the more literal to the less literal, are skillfully handled by Rupprecht, the details well-chosen and explicated, and the cross-fertilizing vigor (no pun intended) of the comparisons eventually do support her claim that we find ourselves in the prescence of a metaphor for the womb in these important "authors" of the late twentieth-century—at which point the reading of the rain barrel as a womb beings to strike an attentive reader as brilliantly original and thought-provoking. In general, the argument of Womb Fantasies is cogent and shows a skillful mix of close reading, interpretation, and theory. This is certainly a study that would appeal to any scholar interested in psychoanalytic feminist approaches, or simply in the treatment of maternity and of maternal imagery in contemporary American literature." —Thomas O. Beebee, Comparative Literature Studies

"In this evocative study, Caroline Rupprecht explores how the postwar avantgarde elaborated what she calls 'womb fantasies.' The book is cleverly structured to mirror the evolution of womb fantasies over time ...Womb Fantasies adds another rich layer to the womb’s charged cultural history within late modernity and postmodernity." —The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture