Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists: Word Flesh and Revolution [NOOK Book]

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In Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists provocative theorist Anne Norton presents an alternative narrative of the history of the world She starts by reminding us of the real interplay between words (laws, scriptures, myths, and history) and the world of flesh (of bloodties and bloodshed, skin color and sexuality). The seemingly precious and all too literary constructs of the poststructuralists really do act on the body politic. The book is written on three historical sites: the revolutions in England and France,...
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Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists: Word Flesh and Revolution

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Overview

In Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists provocative theorist Anne Norton presents an alternative narrative of the history of the world She starts by reminding us of the real interplay between words (laws, scriptures, myths, and history) and the world of flesh (of bloodties and bloodshed, skin color and sexuality). The seemingly precious and all too literary constructs of the poststructuralists really do act on the body politic. The book is written on three historical sites: the revolutions in England and France, the struggle against colonialism, and the modern liberal order. In this telling, we see liberal constitutions born in Terror and regicide, we see a word, a text, a document, write "slave" on the darkness of the body, we see the guillotine release the power in the blood, and we hear the words that declare a people free. Norton re-reads and re-writes foundational myths from Abraham and Isaac on the mountain top in the Bible to legends of the American Revolution. This lyrical and mesmerizing book serves, in its way, as a catalog of oppressions, and a history of the justifications oppressors have made for injustices. It also makes clear that that these oppressions and justifications continue on today, as certainly as they did in any point in history. Defying easy categorization, Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists is the ultimate challenges to all those who claim that history has come to end, or that life is classifiable or uncomplex, or that we understand all we need to understand about the story of Western History.
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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: 9781136062742
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 2 MB

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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