Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled (Sexual Cultures)

Author: Michael Cobb
Publisher: New York University Press
Category: Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Gender Groups, Gender Studies: Women, Sociology: Family & Relationships, Social & Cultural Anthropology
Book Format: Paperback

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, Beyonce'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.

Table Of Contents
Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Bitter Table for One 11 The Inevitable Fatality of the Couple 412 The Probated Couple, or Our Polygamous Pioneers 693 The Shelter of Singles 1054 Welcome to the Desert of Me 157Notes 203Index 217About the Author 227
About Michael Cobb
Michael Cobb is Professor of English at the University of Toronto. He is the author of God Hates Fags: The Rhetorics of Religious Violence, also published by New York University Press.


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Artist / Author Michael Cobb
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