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Author Avelar, Idelber, 1968-

Title The Letter of Violence : Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (205 pages)
Series New Directions in Latino American Culture Ser
New Directions in Latino American Culture Ser
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1 From Plato to Pinochet: Torture, Confession, and the History of Truth; Chapter 2 Thinking Ethics across Neocolonial Borders: Borges, Ethical Theory, and the International Division of Intellectual Labor; Chapter 3 Specters of Walter Benjamin: Mourning, Labor, and Violence in Jacques Derrida; Chapter 4 Transculturation and Civil War: The Origins of the Novel in Colombia; Afterword: Violence, Law, and Justice; Notes; Works Cited; Index
Summary This book traces the theory of violence from nineteenth-century symmetrical warfare through today's warfare of electronics and unbalanced numbers. Surveying such luminaries as Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, Paul Virilio, and Jacques Derrida, Avelar also offers a discussion of theories of torture and confession, the work of Roman Polanski and Borges, and a meditation on the rise of the novel in Colombia
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Form Electronic book
ISBN 1281363677
1403967415 (Trade Cloth)
1403978204 (electronic bk.)
9781403978202 (electronic bk.)