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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We are never told to whom he is true or whether the lovers will be reunited ,
although we are given hints on which to base our expectations . Of course , it
doesn ' t matter : the anarchist and the banker are up to the same dirty deeds of ...
This is a patriarchal violence exercised upon the child ( “ Terrence told me . . . " ) ,
what Deleuze and Guattari call an “ order word . ” That is , according to the “
Postulates of Linguistics ” in A Thousand Plateaus , language is essentially ...
... Subject of Feminism ” ( 1990 ) . On Acker and the theories of Deleuze and
Guattari , see Dix , “ Kathy Acker ' s Don Quixote : Nomad Writing ” ( 1989 ) .
rupted by an aesthetic declamation . We are told ( 235 Dying for a Common