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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

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(p.148) Frame within the Frame: Riveting Voices and Gazes
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Binding Violence
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.003.0011

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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