Emotional Culture Industry: Blood, Sweat, Sperm and Intimate Relationships
  • Gilad Padva
  • Nurit Buchweitz


This chapter begins with a discussion of an unconventional representation of intimacy in modern literature—Meir Shalev’s Israeli novel A Pigeon and a Boy (2006), which depicts a homing pigeon carrying the semen of a dying soldier to his sweetheart. Through this overwhelming portrayal of mediated intimacy, the chapter explores the intersection of the politics of the representation of intimacy, the blurred boundaries between the private and the public in contemporary culture, and the controversial aspects of the culture industry’s commodified emotions and its notorious exhibitionistic “extimacy,” which is dramatically contrasted to intimacy. The introduction also extensively presents the thematic structure of the book and its 17 chapters


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilad Padva
    • 1
  • Nurit Buchweitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Beit Berl CollegeBeit BerlIsrael

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