Carnal Aesthetics: The Art of Living in Latinidad (Hardcover)

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Carnal Aesthetics: The Art of Living in Latinidad (Hardcover)

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In Carnal Aesthetics, Mariana Ortega presents a phenomenological study of aesthetics grounded in the work of primarily Latinx artists. She introduces the idea of carnal aesthetics informed by carnalities, creative practices informed by the self's affective attunement to the material, cultural, historical, communal, and the spiritual. For Ortega, carnal aesthetics offers a way to think about the affective and bodily experiences of racialized selves. Drawing on Gloria Anzald a, Chela Sandoval, Jos Esteban Mu oz, Alia Al-Saji, Helen Ngo, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Roland Barthes, and others, Ortega examines photographic works on Latinx subjects. She analyzes the photography of Laura Aguilar, V ronica Gabriela C rdenas, and Susan Meiselas, among others, theorizing photography as a carnal, affective medium that is crucial for processes of self-formation, resistance, and mourning in Latinx life. She ends with an intimate reading of photography through a reflection of her own crossing from Nicaragua to the United States in 1979. Motivated by her experience of loss and exile, Ortega argues for the importance of carnal aesthetics in destabilizing and transforming normative, colonial, and decolonial subjects, imaginaries, and structures.
Mariana Ortega is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Latina/o Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of In-Between: Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self and coeditor of Constructing the Nation: A Race and Nationalism Reader and Theories of the Flesh: Latinx and Latin American Feminisms, Transformation, and Resistance.

Product Details ISBN: 9781478028161
ISBN-10: 1478028165
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: January 10th, 2025
Pages: 344
Language: English