On Extremity: From Music to Images, Words, and Experiences brings together transdisciplinary scholarship on sounds, images, words, and experiences (human and non-human) to reflect on the polysemic and polymorphic characteristics of extremity and the category of the extreme. The editors and authors aim to contribute to a living, breathing, and expanding definition of extremity that helps us understand what we gain, or lose, when we interact with it, create it, and share it with, or force it upon, others. The volume calls for the emergence of “extremity studies” as an area of perusal to help us navigate our current global condition.
Nelson Varas-Díaz is professor of social-community psychology at Florida International University’s Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies.
Bryan Bardine is professor in the English Department at the University of Dayton.
Niall W.R. Scott is reader in philosophy and popular culture at the University of Central Lancashire.
Chapter 1 - On Extremity: A Manifesto
Nelson Varas-Díaz, Niall Scott, and Bryan Bardine
Chapter 3 - Essential Musicality: Extreme Music and the Sounds of Everyday Life
Chapter 4 - Extremities within Extremity: Sisterhood as Strategies of Resistance in the UK Underground Metal Scene
Jasmine Hazel Shadrack
Chapter 5 - Voices for the Voiceless: Animal Rights and Extremity in Extreme Music
Edward Banchs and Anna Chilewska
Chapter 6 - No Satisfaction: Aihiyō after The Rolling Stones
IMAGES AND WORDS
Chapter 7 - Extremity – Art – Decoloniality: Lessons for Survival in the Work of Puerto Rican Artist Rafael Trelles
Chapter 8 - The Limits of Extremity: The Disappearance and Return of Extremity in Late CapitalismJason J. Wallin
Chapter 9 - Seeking the Banality in the Extreme: Prescient Identifiers of Vapid Narcissism in an Era of Post-Truth
Chapter 10 - Quixotism and Extremity: Cervantes on Authenticity, Delusion, and Reality Literacy in Early and Late Modernity
Bradley J. Nelson
Chapter 11 - Devil Running Wild: Satan and his Minions in Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, and The Omen
Chapter 12 - Rethinking Extremity through Gender Detransition
Sheilla R. Madera and Alíxida Ramos Pibernus
Chapter 13 - Para’o: Exotic Wake, Extreme Performance and Marginality in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Luis Javier Cintrón Gutiérrez
Chapter 14 - Pushing the Limits of the “Darkest” Dark Tourism in the Age of Extremity
Jeffrey S. Podoshen
On Extremity is a ground-breaking collection of essays that promises to shift our understanding of a concept that is often used but rarely scrutinized. While rooted in studies of metal the editors and authors expand outwards to other forms of art and practice, forging connections between multiple extremities.
Inspiring. A book that deploys the concept of Extremity not as a catchall straight-jacket, but as a launching point into the elusive term’s ever-expanding possible meanings. From listening to extreme noise to becoming one with extreme silence; from screaming against sexism and trauma to throwing an oppositional gaze at colonialism; from invoking memory to challenging forgetfulness, from confronting the shock of modernity to contending with the banality of the era of Post-Truth: the chapters contained herein position Extremity as a prescient field for years to come.
Like the best interdisciplinary work, the editors and contributors to this volume illuminate a key feature of our contemporary condition from multiple angles. When metal studies began as a new field of study, many wondered if it would bring a new theoretical lens to current cultural debates. The idea of "extremity" might well be that unique contribution. That is reason enough to recommend this book highly!