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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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Frame within the Frame: Riveting Voices and Gazes

Frame within the Frame: Riveting Voices and Gazes

(p.148) Frame within the Frame: Riveting Voices and Gazes
Binding Violence
Stanford University Press

This chapter argues that the narrative frame of the libertine cannibal assembly line is framed by two more narrative layers, in tune with Silling's world against exchange: the voice and the gaze. Cannibal ingestion is active aggression and at the same time passive communion, erasing the difference between the other—who is ingested—and the anthropophagite. Mirroring this active/passive orality is the active/passive pair of voice and gaze as the medium through which Nature's concrete commands are externalized, delivered, and transmitted to the libertines.

Keywords:   voice, gaze, bonding, cannibal, libertine, aggression, communion

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