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The River Ophelia

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The River Ophelia

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Author: Justine Ettler
Publisher: Picador, 1995
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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Horror
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Justine Ettler's The River Ophelia asks questions about sex and power in a postmodern, postfeminist, urban world. Ettler's text discloses a genealogy of women, transposing the Marquis de Sade's Justine and Juliette and the pre-Raphaelite river Ophelia of Millais to a contemporary urban culture, in the company of the flaneur, Sade and the decadent intellectual, Bataille. The nineteenth century's fascination with relations of sex, death and power are reconfigured in a late twentieth century context, but this time, as Ettler tells it, power is scrutinised from below. She began the book, she says, by wondering about how it felt to be a female character in Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho; how the women of the Brat Pack genre were implicated in, and complicit with, its ruses of power.


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