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Binding Violence: Literary Visions of Political Origins

Moira Fradinger


This book exposes the relation between literary imagination, autonomous politics, and violence through the close analysis of literary texts—in particular Sophocles' Antigone, D. A. F. de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom, and Vargas Llosa's The Feast of the Goat—that speak to a blind spot in democratic theory, namely, how we decide democratically on the borders of our political communities. These works bear the imprint of the anxieties of democracy concerning its other—violence—especially when the question of a redefinition of membership is at stake. The book shares the philosophical interest in rethin ... More

Keywords: violence, literary imagination, politics, Sophocles, Antigone, D. A. F. de Sade, 120 Days of Sodom, Vargas Llosa, The Feast of the Goat, democracy

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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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Moira Fradinger, author

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