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

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

by Idelber Avelar
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403967415

ISBN-13: 9781403967411

Pub. Date: 01/15/2005

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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 torture and confession, the work of Roman Polanski and Borges,

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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 torture and confession, the work of Roman Polanski and Borges, and a meditation on the rise of the novel in Colombia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403967411
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Series:
New Directions in Latino American Culture Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1From Plato to Pinochet : torture, confession, and the history of truth25
Ch. 2Thinking ethics across neocolonial borders : Borges, ethical theory, and the international division of intellectual labor51
Ch. 3Specters of Walter Benjamin : mourning, labor, and violence in Jacques Derrida79
Ch. 4Transculturation and civil war : the origins of the novel in Colombia107
Afterword : violence, law, and justice155

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