Raids on Human Consciousness: Writing, Anarchism, and Violence
However one looks at violence -- as an instrument of bureaucracy or ideology; as a product of racial, gender, or class antagonisms; or as the inevitable result of power politics -- it is an integral part of every social system and is one of the most pressing problems of our tortured century.
In Raids on Human Consciousness Arthur Redding examines the contention that violence, be it the mass product of revolutionary uprising or a private sadomasochistic indulgence, may be taken to instill in those who commit it the capacity for radical change.
Conscious that mainstream theory considers violence deviant, a departure from the normal equilibrium of social and aesthetic structures, while other critiques take it to be integral to any dynamic system, Redding begins with the anarchist inquiry into the relationship of violence to the imaginary representation of modern communities. He explores the "public images" of anarchism in literature and popular culture and emphasizes the diverse strategies by which modern writers encounter, derive, deflect, and manipulate fantasies of political violence.
Redding recognizes that language fails when confronted with the extreme suffering of human bodies. Acknowledging that flesh is subject to war, torture, and everyday brutality -- violations to which language can never do justice -- he nonetheless finds it urgent to reclaim language on the far side of suffering.
Results 1-3 of 85
Finally , Michaels concurs with my argument that human agency is effaced by this
“ double reduction to ideal and to material ” ( 200 – 201 ) , though I am not
entirely convinced by his claim that this proves the “ deepest complicity between
Mink has seduced Jack ' s wife in order to make her a guinea pig for his product
Dylar , a pill that will , perhaps , eliminate the fear of death in humans . In his mind
Jack plays through a sequence of plots to this encounter , various scenarios ...
He attempts to defer doom by wresting agency from the buffetings of the human
condition . Not that the human condition is universal — it may not even be human
. For Mailer the human condition turns out , by exposition , to be occasioned by ...