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Binding ViolenceLiterary Visions of Political Origins$
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Moira Fradinger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763301

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.001.0001

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Literature, Violence, and Politics

Literature, Violence, and Politics

(p.3) Literature, Violence, and Politics
Binding Violence
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This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to review literary works that represent violence as binding a political community together when its borders are in crisis; violence, rather than political reason, is woven into and bound to the fragile determinations of political membership. The texts examined—Sophocles' Antigone, D. A. F. de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom, and Mario Vargas Llosa's The Feast of the Goat—offer insights into the violent fabric of autonomous political life and its inextricable relation to the travails of imagination; imagination, in its turn, bears the imprint of violence. The chapter then outlines the book's main arguments; explains the concepts of politics, violence, and literature as they are used in the study; and provides an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   political community, political membership, political life, imagination, Sophocles, Antigone, D.A.F. de Sade, 120 Days of Sodom, Vargas Llosa, The Feast of the Goat

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