James R. Kincaid

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James R. Kincaid is an American academic, currently the Aerol Arnold Professor of English at the University of Southern California.[1] He is often presented as an expert on pedophiles and pedosexuality.[2]


Books

He is the author and editor of numerous books including:

  • "Lost" 2012 - Lost traces the reckless expedition undertaken by two adult couples, imagining they are refreshing themselves and their marriages with a bracing adventure in mountain camping. They cart along their four kids, just to share the fun. Conditions, both outside and inside these adults, force on them sacrifices they were never prepared to make, sacrifices that reach beyond their own lives and into those of their children and, very likely, all of us.[3]
  • Dickens and the Rhetoric of Laughter 1972 -
  • Tennyson's Major Poems 1975 - The idea of immortality through fame was, of course, not new, but Kincaid argues Tennyson gave it a special emphasis by focusing not so much on the continuance of the dead man's name as on the power of the people to grant that continuance. [4]
  • Novels of Anthony Trollope 1977 -
  • Child-Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture 1992 - The question ``What is a child? is at the heart of the world the Victorians made. Throughout the nineteenth century, there developed an image of the child as a symbol of purity, innocence, asexuality--the angelic child perhaps not wholly real. Yet at the same time, the child could be a figure of fantasy, obsession, and surpressed desires, as in the case of Lewis Carroll's Alice (or later, James Barrie's Peter Pan). This image of the child as both pure and strangely erotic is part of the mythology of Victorian culture. Child Loving traces for the first time the growth of the Victorian--and modern--conceptions of the body, the child, sexuality, and the stories we tell about them. Dealing with one of the most intimate and troubling notions of the modern period--how the Victorians (and we, their descendents) imagine children within the continuum of human sexuality--this work compels us to reconsider just how we love the children we love.[5]
  • Annoying the Victorians 1994 - In a series of essays covering the "hit parade" of the Victorians--Tennyson, Dickens, Meredith, Hardy and the erotic poetry of The Pearl--Kincaid creates a sharp, insicive parody of the methods of good criticism (and sometimes the practicioners,) all the while raising questions about what "good criticism" is, and how these rules serve to maintain the status quo.[6]
  • My Secret Life 1996 - This erotic diary of an anonymous English gentleman in the late Victorian age has enthralled readers for generations. Originally an 11-volume set, this abridged version retains the full flavor of the underground bestseller. Detailing scores of intimate encounters, the volume highlights the contradictions inherent in straight-laced Victorian society. [7]
  • Erotic Innocence: The culture of child molesting 1998 - In Erotic Innocence James R. Kincaid explores contemporary America’s preoccupation with stories about the sexual abuse of children. Claiming that our culture has yet to come to terms with the bungled legacy of Victorian sexuality, Kincaid examines how children and images of youth are idealized, fetishized, and eroticized in everyday culture. Evoking the cyclic elements of Gothic narrative, he thoughtfully and convincingly concludes that the only way to break this cycle is to acknowledge—and confront—not only the sensuality of children but the eroticism loaded onto them. Drawing on a number of wide-ranging and well-publicized cases as well as scandals involving such celebrities as Michael Jackson and Woody Allen, Kincaid looks at issues surrounding children’s testimonies, accusations against priests and day-care centers, and the horrifying yet persistently intriguing rumors of satanic cults and “kiddie porn” rings. In analyzing the particular form of popularity shared by such child stars such Shirley Temple and Macaulay Culkin, he exposes the strategies we have devised to deny our own role in the sexualization of children. Finally, Kincaid reminds us how other forms of abuse inflicted on children—neglect, abandonment, inadequate nutrition, poor education—are often overlooked in favor of the sensationalized sexual abuse coverage in the news, on daytime TV talk shows, and in the elevators and cafeterias of America each day.[8]

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