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Barbarism and Its Discontents
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Barbarism and Its Discontents

Maria Boletsi

Abstract

Barbarism and civilization form one of the oldest and most rigid oppositions in Western history. According to this dichotomy, barbarism functions as the negative standard through which “civilization” fosters its self-definition and superiority by labeling others “barbarians.” Since the 1990s, and especially since 9/11, these terms have become increasingly popular in Western political and cultural rhetoric—a rhetoric that divides the world into forces of good and evil. This study intervenes in this recent trend and interrogates contemporary and historical uses of barbarism, arguing that barbari ... More

Keywords: barbarism, civilization, barbarians, literature, art, theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804782760
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.001.0001

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Maria Boletsi, author

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