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Horrorism : naming contemporary violence / Adriana Cavarero ; translated by William McCuaig.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: HV6431 .C38 2009

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    "Words like "terrorism" and "war" no longer encompass the scope of contemporary violence. With this explosive book, Adriana Cavarero, one of the world's most provocative feminist theorists and political philosophers, effectively renders such terms obsolete. She introduces a new word--"horrorism"--To capture the experience of violence." "Unlike terror, horrorism is a form of violation grounded in the offense of disfiguration and massacre. Numerous outbursts of violence fall within Cavarero's category of horrorism, especially when the phenomenology of violence is considered from the perspective of the victim rather than that of the warrior. Cavarero locates horrorism in the philosophical, political, literary, and artistic representations of defenseless and vulnerable victims. She considers both terror and horror on the battlefields of the Iliad, in the decapitation of Medusa, and in the murder of Medea's children. In the modern arena, she forges a link between horror, extermination, and massacre, especially the Nazi death camps, and revisits the work of Primo Levi, Hannah Arendt's thesis on totalitarianism, and Arendt's debate with Georges Bataille on the estheticization of violence and cruelty." "In applying the horroristic paradigm to the current phenomena of suicide bombers, torturers, and hypertechnological warfare, Cavarero integrates Susan Sontag's views on photography and the eroticization of horror, as well as ideas on violence and the state advanced by Thomas Hobbes and Carl Schmitt. Through her searing analysis, Caverero proves that violence against the helpless claims a specific vocabulary, one that has been known for millennia, and not just to the Western tradition. Where common language fails to form a picture of atrocity, horrorism paints a brilliant portrait of its vivid reality."--Jacket.
    Uniform Title
    Orrorismo. English
    Series
    New directions in critical theory
    New directions in critical theory.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Cavarero, Adriana.
    Published
    New York : Columbia University Press, c2009
    Contents
    Etymologies : "terror", or, on surviving
    Etymologies : "horror", or, on dismembering
    On war
    The howl of Medusa
    The vulnerability of the helpless
    The crime of Medea
    Horrorism, or, on violence against the helpless
    Those who have seen the Gorgon
    Auschwitz, or, on extreme horror
    Erotic carnages
    So mutilated that it might be the body of a pig
    The warrior's pleasure
    Worldwide aggressiveness
    For a history of terror
    Suicidal horrorism
    When the bomb is a woman's body
    Female torturers grinning at the camera.
    Notes
    Translated from the Italian.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. [147]-154).
    Etymologies : "terror", or, on surviving -- Etymologies : "horror", or, on dismembering -- On war -- The howl of Medusa -- The vulnerability of the helpless -- The crime of Medea -- Horrorism, or, on violence against the helpless -- Those who have seen the Gorgon -- Auschwitz, or, on extreme horror -- Erotic carnages -- So mutilated that it might be the body of a pig -- The warrior's pleasure -- Worldwide aggressiveness -- For a history of terror -- Suicidal horrorism -- When the bomb is a woman's body -- Female torturers grinning at the camera.

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    Language
    English
    External Link
    Table of contents only
    ISBN
    0231144563
    9780231144568 (hard cover : alk. paper)
    0231519176 (e-book)
    9780231519175 (e-book)
    Physical Description
    viii, 154 p. ; 24 cm.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects
    Terrorism.
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