The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics

The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics

by I. Avelar
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1403967423

ISBN-13: 9781403967428

Pub. Date: 01/15/2005

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

This book traces the theory of violence from nineteenth-century symmetrical warfare through today's warfare of electronics and unbalanced numbers. Surveying such luminaries as Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, Paul Virilio, and Jacques Derrida, Avelar also offers a discussion of theories of toture and confession, the work of Roman Polanski and Borges, and

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This book traces the theory of violence from nineteenth-century symmetrical warfare through today's warfare of electronics and unbalanced numbers. Surveying such luminaries as Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, Paul Virilio, and Jacques Derrida, Avelar also offers a discussion of theories of toture and confession, the work of Roman Polanski and Borges, and a meditation on the rise of the novel in Colombia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403967428
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Series:
New Directions in Latino American Cultures Series
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: 20th Century Thinking on Violence
• Specters of Walter Benjamin: Mourning, Labor, and Violence in Jacques Derrida
• Torture, Confession, and the History of Truth: From Plato to Pinochet
• Ethics Across Neocolonial Borders: Jorge Luis Borges and the International Division of Intellectual Labor
• Transculturation and Civil War: The Origins of the Novel in Colombia
• Afterword: On Violence, Law, and Justice

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