Raids On Human Consciousness

Raids On Human Consciousness

by Arthur Redding
     
 

In Raids on Human Consciousness Arthur Redding examines the contention that violence, be it the mass product of revolutionary uprising or a private sadomasochistic indulgence, may be taken to instill in those who commit it the capacity for radical change.

Conscious that mainstream theory considers violence deviant, a departure from the normal equilibrium of social

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In Raids on Human Consciousness Arthur Redding examines the contention that violence, be it the mass product of revolutionary uprising or a private sadomasochistic indulgence, may be taken to instill in those who commit it the capacity for radical change.

Conscious that mainstream theory considers violence deviant, a departure from the normal equilibrium of social and aesthetic structures, while other critiques take it to be integral to any dynamic system, Redding begins with the anarchist inquiry into the relationship of violence to the imaginary representation of modern communities. He explores the "public images" of anarchism in literature and popular culture and emphasizes the diverse strategies by which modern writers encounter, derive, deflect, and manipulate fantasies of political violence.

Redding recognizes that language fails when confronted with the extreme suffering of human bodies. Acknowledging that flesh is subject to war, torture, and everyday brutality-violations to which language can never do justice-he nonetheless finds it urgent to reclaim language on the far side of suffering.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570032769
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Series:
Cultural Frames, Framing Culture Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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