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.
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It excites our prurience , provoking a reflexive response to all that we need to
catch enough of a glimpse of to condemn . But in that act of formal condemnation
we strive to absolve our own immaculate and wholesome bodies . Violence is
The violence of their response is sealed and finalized by state murder of the
Haymarket martyrs , who , while not exactly innocent , should be , according to
Howells , afforded the opportunity of even unreasonable dissent . The limits of
Clearly , as Jameson argued , the emergence of a nontraditional Western Left
was a response to decolonization and the wars for liberation in the third world ,
the coming to historical subjectivity of a wealth of “ new ” peoples , and such ...