Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence

Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence

by Adriana Cavarero, William McCuaig

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231519175
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2008
Series: New Directions in Critical Theory
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Adriana Cavarero is professor of political philosophy at the University of Verona. Her books in English include In Spite of Plato: A Feminist Rewriting of Ancient Philosophy; Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of Gender; Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood; and For More Than One Voice: Toward a Philosophy of Vocal Expression.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
1 - Etymologies: "Terror"; or, On Surviving
2 - Etymologies: "Horror"; or On Dismembering
3 - On War
4 - The Howl of Medusa
5 - The Vulnerability of the Helpless
6 - The Crime of Medea
7 - Horrorism; or, On Violence Against the Helpless
8 - Those Who Have Seen the Gorgon
9 - Auschwitz; or, On Extreme Horror
10 - Erotic Carnages
11 - So Mutilated that It Might Be the Body of the Pig
12 - The Warrior's Pleasure
13 - Worldwide Aggressiveness
14 - For a History of Terror
15 - Suicidal Horrorism
16 - When the Bomb is a Woman's Body
17 - Female Torturers Grinning at the Camera
Appendix: The Horror! The Horror! Rereading Conrad

What People are Saying About This

Paul Kottman

A highly welcome and intelligent philosophical reflection on contemporary forms of violence and our attempts to name them—and thereby unflinchingly come to grips with them.

Bonnie Honig

This moving and humane book never stops delivering, from small details such as Adriana Cavarero's insightful dissection of the term 'casualty' and her analysis of the leers on the faces of the photographed women torturers at Abu Ghraib, to large claims—that horror is the real aim of terrorism and that its worst offense is an ontological crime: that of erasing the singularity of persons and transforming all humans into mere insignificant body matter. By contrast, even Medea, Cavarero notes in one of this book's many breathtaking moments, knew the sons she killed by name and 'loved them in their unrepeatable singularity.'

Arjun Appadurai

Adriana Cavarero has the courage and intellectual force to compel us to place horror and terror back within the ambit of humanist inquiry and philological scrutiny. In shying away from theories of speechlessness or the speechlessness of theory, she insists on the autonomy of the experience of horror—for our growing global archive of victims—from the intentionalities of terror. In so doing, Cavarero makes us think again about war, force, victimization, politics, and innocence. A remarkable meditation on the macabre world of modern political violence that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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