Jenny Saville and a Feminist Aesthetics of Disgust

  title={Jenny Saville and a Feminist Aesthetics of Disgust},
  author={Michelle Meagher},
  pages={23 - 41}
This essay examines an aesthetics of disgust through an analysis of the work of Scottish painter Jenny Saville. Saville's paintings suggest that there is something valuable in retaining and interrogating our immediate and seemingly unambivalent reactions of disgust. I contrast Saville's representations of disgust to the repudiation of disgust that characterizes contemporary corporeal politics. Drawing on the theoretical work of Elspeth Probyn and Julia Kristeva, I suggest that an aesthetics of… 
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