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The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics
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 me ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 15th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan
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The Letter of Violence is neither Avelar's most groundbreaking nor most oft-cited book; those designations belong to his prize-winning previous effort, The Untimely Present. Still, it is a solid if eclectic collection of essays. What I like most about Avelar's work here is his willingness to not only convey profound admiration for theorists like Derrida, Benjamin and even Sommer, and to expound upon their arguments' ethical implications, but to also confront those theorists' various blind-spots. ...more