Facultyhttp://hdl.handle.net/11209/87442017-01-20T02:00:37Z2017-01-20T02:00:37ZThe Skin I Live In: Hunger, Power, and the Monstrous FeminineHarris, Sarah D.http://hdl.handle.net/11209/106982017-01-12T03:11:41Z2016-01-01T00:00:00ZThe Skin I Live In: Hunger, Power, and the Monstrous Feminine
Harris, Sarah D.
In his first film to premiere outside of his native Spain, international superstar
director Pedro Almodóvar tackles the horror genre for the first time. The Skin I
Live In (La piel que habito) maintains a certain consistency with the director’s
earlier films, especially in the theme of gender identity and melodrama. In this
film, however, there be monsters. One dwells and schemes in some classic
monstrous spaces: a dark cave and a private laboratory/fortress, where he builds
Vera, a cyborg-like character whose seams remind us of Frankenstein’s monster, or
of the Louise Bourgeois sculptures that fascinate her. The mad and wealthy doctor
who designs Vera also keeps vigilant watch over her, tinkering with and gazing
upon his masterpiece. This vigilance introduces a visual play on power through
images of hunger and desire. Meanwhile, when another, less socially powerful, but
more physically adept monster penetrates the fortress the two main characters have
shared, the power dynamic shifts drastically. Looking at Vera, the intruder gushes,
‘It smells good. I’m hungry,’ and licks the screen of the security camera. This talk
draws on notions of the monstrous feminine by Laura Mulvey, Barbara Creed, and
Donna Haraway, to consider all three characters’ monstrosity through the hungers
that drive them and their slippery power dynamic.
Key Words: Film, horror, Spain, gender, hungry gaze, power, cyborg, scientist,
animals, vagina dentata, revenge, Almodóvar, Creed, Haraway, Bourgeois,
Mulvey, bioethics.
2016-01-01T00:00:00ZThe Monster Within and Without: Spanish Comics, Monstrosity, Religion, and AlterityHarris, Sarah D.http://hdl.handle.net/11209/106972017-01-12T03:11:44Z2015-01-01T00:00:00ZThe Monster Within and Without: Spanish Comics, Monstrosity, Religion, and Alterity
Harris, Sarah D.
Stereotyping based on ethnic and racial
difference has also led to a practice whereby artists represent, and viewers understand,
the “Other” as monstrous in comics and cartoons. Building on the idea that comics rely
on physical exaggeration, on Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s seven theses on monstrosity, and on
Spain’s multicultural and multiethnic history, this chapter explores the depiction of
monstrosity and alterity from two divergent moments in Spain. More specifically, it
argues that two chosen examples represent the extremes of a range of practice in using
stereotypes to depict monsters, from near absolute appropriation of monstrous
characteristics, on the one hand, to unadulterated “othering” of the monstrous enemy on
the other.
2015-01-01T00:00:00ZAnalytic torsion and Faddeev-Popov ghostsMcIntyre, Andrewhttp://hdl.handle.net/11209/106882016-12-10T03:11:43Z2002-01-01T00:00:00ZAnalytic torsion and Faddeev-Popov ghosts
McIntyre, Andrew
The regularized determinant of the Laplacian on n-differentials on
a hyperbolic Riemann surface is studied. The main result is an intrinsic
characterization of the connection form for the determinant
line bundle, endowed with the Quillen metric, over the Teichmüller
space, in terms of the Green’s function of the Cauchy-Riemann operator.
Further, an explicit series representation of that Green’s
function, on a Schottky uniformization of the surface, is established.
This is a rigorous version of physical heuristics due to
Martinec and Verlinde & Verlinde, relating the determinant to the
stress-energy tensor of Faddeev-Popov ghost fields on the Riemann
surface. One corollary is a simpler proof of the rigorous hyperbolic
Belavin-Knizhnik formula, due to Zograf and Takhtajan, which is
an intrinsic characterization of the curvature form of the determinant
line bundle with Quillen metric. Another corollary is a proof
of an explicit holomorphic factorization formula for n = 1 and
genus greater than 1, due to Zograf, which generalizes the well known
formula for n = 1 and genus 1 relating the determinant of
the Laplacian to the Dedekind eta function.
2002-01-01T00:00:00ZHolomorphic factorization of determinants of Laplacians on Riemann surfaces and a higher genus generalization of Kronecker’s first limit formulaMcIntyre, AndrewTakhtajan, Leon A.http://hdl.handle.net/11209/106872016-12-09T18:59:21Z2006-09-01T00:00:00ZHolomorphic factorization of determinants of Laplacians on Riemann surfaces and a higher genus generalization of Kronecker’s first limit formula
McIntyre, Andrew; Takhtajan, Leon A.
For a family of compact Riemann surfaces X_t of genus g>1 parametrized by the Schottky space S_g, we define a natural basis for the holomorphic n-differentials on X_t which varies holomorphically with t and generalizes the basis of normalized abelian differentials of the first kind for n=1. We introduce a holomorphic function F(n) on S_g which generalizes the classical product \prod(1-q^m)^2 appearing in the Dedekind eta function for n=1 and g=1. We prove a holomorphic factorization formula expressing the regularized determinant of the Laplacian as a product of |F(n)|^2, a holomorphic anomaly depending on the classical Liouville action (a Kahler potential of S_g), and the determinant of the Gram matrix of the natural basis. The factorization formula reduces to Kronecker's first limit formula when n=1 and g=1, and to Zograf's factorization formula for n=1 and g>1.
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