Politics of Cruelty: An Essay on the Literature of Political Imprisonment / Edition 1

Politics of Cruelty: An Essay on the Literature of Political Imprisonment / Edition 1

by Kate Millett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393313123

ISBN-13: 2900393313122

Pub. Date: 06/17/1995

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

In Kate Millett's brilliant new book, her most important since the ground-breaking Sexual Politics, a work which forever changed our understanding of the interdependence of the political and the personal. Now in The Politics of Cruelty she sets out a new theory of politics for our time and offers a harrowing view of the modern state based on the practice of torture as…  See more details below

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In Kate Millett's brilliant new book, her most important since the ground-breaking Sexual Politics, a work which forever changed our understanding of the interdependence of the political and the personal. Now in The Politics of Cruelty she sets out a new theory of politics for our time and offers a harrowing view of the modern state based on the practice of torture as a method of rule, as conscious policy. In assuming the power of torture over its citizens, government has made itself omnipotent, threatening the social and political progress of centuries. In many places throughout the world, the individual is faced with monumental force; fear of the state has become the condition of our time. Millett analyzes that fear through the rich literature of its expression, a mixture of literary text, the reports of witnesses, legal theory, and historical account. Included are Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece, The First Circle; Claude Lanzmann's Shoah; Mark Mathabane's Kaffir Roy; and Radha Bharadwaj's film, Closet Land. But it is the literary version of experience which prevails and persuades with the greatest effect: the reality of the victim; the social and psychological climate of life under dictatorship; the moment of arrest, capture; the moment when one falls down the rabbit hole and disappears; that pivotal electronic second, after which nothing is ever the same. And there is no going back...

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ISBN-13:
2900393313122
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/17/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336

Table of Contents

Preface11
Introduction15
Pt. 1The Mechanism
1Solzhenitsyn and the Creation of the Gulag23
2The Nazi Camp System44
3Henri Alleg and Colonialism in Algeria74
4The British in Ireland97
5The Apartheid System in South Africa117
Pt. 2The Imagination
6Photography: The Experience of Shock137
7Closet Land: State and Sexual Authority168
8The Extreme Experience of Solitude: Aurobindo, Ngugi, Nien Cheng194
Pt. 3Recent Politics of Cruelty in Action
9The Little School: Argentina and Brazil225
10The Death of a Guatemalan Village. El Salvador253
11State Torture and Religion. The Torture of Children280
12Conclusion296
Acknowledgments315
Permissions317
Index319

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