Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists

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Overview

How do you write history when it's no longer linear? In Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists, respected political theorist Anne Norton reminds us of the real interplay between words (laws, scriptures, myths, and texts), and the world of flesh. Drawing from sources as diverse as foundational myths from Sarah in the bible, Marat in his death bath, and thinkers like Hegel and Foucault, Norton reinterprets the relationship between word and flesh and places it in historical context. The French and English Revolutions, as well as the period of anti-colonialism and post-colonialism are used to frame her discussion of word and body, and their historical significance.

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Editorial Reviews

Homi Bhabha
I am a long-standing admirer of Anne Norton, who is a courageous and brilliant writer.
Uday Mehta
A remarkable work of wide-ranging learning, subtle intelligence and capacious sympathies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415934589
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Norton is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founding co-editor of the journal, Theory and Event.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Shape of Life Grown Old 1
1 Power in the Blood 9
2 Closed Body, Open Mind 15
3 The Word Made Flesh: Barbarities 25
4 Hand and Eye 33
5 Open Bodies, Closed Minds 43
6 Writing over Blood 51
7 The Man of Blood and the Army of Scripture 57
8 The Jews of Change Alley 71
9 Dutch William 81
10 Revolutionary Memories 91
11 The Death of Marat 107
12 The Perverse Authority of Writing 119
13 Sacrifice 129
14 The Fire Next Time 139
15 Semele, or the Enlightenment in Flames 149
16 The Laughter of Demeter 157
17 The Laughter of Sarah 163
18 The Annunciation: The Text of the Womb 169
19 The Circumcised 177
Notes 183
Index 197
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