Single

Single

Arguments for the Uncoupled

Book - 2012
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What single person hasn't suffered? Everyone, it seems, must be (or must want to be) in a couple. To exist outside of the couple is to assume an antisocial position that is ruthlessly discouraged because being in a couple is the way most people bind themselves to the social. Singles might just be the single most reviled sexual minorities today. Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled offers a polemic account of this supremacy of the couple form, and how that supremacy blocks our understanding of the single. Michael Cobb reads the figurative language surrounding singleness as it traverses an eclectic set of literary, cultural, philosophical, psychoanalytical, and popular culture objects from Plato, Freud, Ralph Ellison, Herman Melville, Virginia Woolf, Barack Obama, Emily Dickinson, Morrissey, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Hannah Arendt to the Bible, Sex and the City, Bridget Jones' Diary, Beyonc#65533;'s "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," and HBO's Big Love. Within these flights of fancy, poetry, fiction, strange moments in film and video, paintings made in the desert, bits of song, and memoirs of hiking in national parks, Cobb offers an inspired, eloquent rumination on the single, which is guaranteed to spark conversation and consideration.
Publisher: New York : NYU Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780814772553
0814772552
Characteristics: xii, 227 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. --

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stewstealth
Oct 25, 2012

Unfortunately not what I was expecting. This is a (self described) polemic from the author on coupledom in popular entertainment and literature. I have not seen or read any of the main references that he quotes therefore was mostly bored with reading this book since I couldn't agree or disagree with what the author's analysis.. It is not funny or satirical. There is no science in the book,. The author is a professor of English and the prose is well constructed. I would have been much more interested in a book(s) on the topics that the author mentions in his introduction that someone should write.

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