Bloodrites of the Post-structuralists: Word, Flesh, and Revolution

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 206 pages
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In this volume, Anne Norton presents an alternative narrative of the history of the world. She starts by reminding us of the real interplay between words (laws, scriptures, myths and history) and the world of flesh (of blood ties and bloodshed, skin colour and sexuality). The seemingly precious and all-too-literary constructs of the post-structuralists really do act on the body politic. The book is written on three historical sites: the revolutions in England and France, the struggle against colonialism, and the modern liberal order. In this telling, we see liberal constitutions born in Terror and regicide, we see a word, a text, a document, write slave on the darkness of the body, we see the guillotine release the power in the blood and we hear the words that declare a people free.
 

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Contents

SECTION
4
SECTION 2
51
SECTION 3
93
The Death of Marat
107
The Perverse Authority of Writing
121
Sacrifice
129
Semele or the Enlightenment in Flames
149
The Laughter of Sarah
163
The Circumcised
177
Index
197
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Anne Norton is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founding co-editor of the journal, Theory and Event.

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