Raids On Human Consciousness

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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: 8/1/1998
  • Series: Cultural Frames, Framing Culture Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Raids on Human Consciousness
Forms of Violence 1
Media Violence 13
Violence, Torture, and Language 15
Prospectus 23
2 The Dream Life of Political Violence: Satire, Georges Sorel, and the Myth of Violence
Epidemia and Revelation 30
Sorel and the Possibilities of Anarchism 41
Mythic and Divine Violence 63
The Irrational 68
3 The Imagination of Disaster: Anarchism and the Modern Text
Chaos and Control 71
Anarchism, Labor, and the Travails of Emma Goldman 74
Dynamite Talk: Anarchism and Fiction 80
The Princess Casamassima 82
A Hazard of New Fortunes 91
The Octopus 101
The Iron Heel 108
4 Dynamite Talk: Violence and Modernism
The Modernist Aesthetic 117
Conrad and Dostoevsky 120
Anarchism, the Depression, and the Cold War 142
The Fault Lines of Racial Difference: Violence and Silence 146
Violence, Rhetoric, Debate 156
5 The Fantasy Life of the Movement: The Rhetoric of Violence on the New Left and After
The Fantasy Life of the Movement 160
Demon Lovers 169
All-Consuming Violence 185
The Cataclysm of Culture 191
A Pure Cold Line of Abolition 197
6 Dying for a Common Language
Violence and Contemporary Fiction 213
Bruises, Roses: Kathy Acker 222
The Land Mines of Anarchy 243
Works Cited 253
Index 267
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